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Rebels fire on US aircraft in South Sudan, wounding three

One of the US servicemen is believed to be in a critical condition after the attack.

In this handout image from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan taken on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 a United Nations soldier stands guard as civilians arrive at UNMISS compound adjacent to the Juba International Airport to take refuge.
In this handout image from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan taken on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 a United Nations soldier stands guard as civilians arrive at UNMISS compound adjacent to the Juba International Airport to take refuge.
Image: AP Photo/UNMISS, Rolla Hinedi

TWO OFFICIALS HAVE told The Associated Press that two US military aircraft responding to the outbreak of violence in South Sudan were hit by incoming fire, wounding three US service members.

The officials said the aircraft were heading to Bor, the capital of the state of Jonglei and scene of some of the nation’s worst violence over the last week.

One of the wounded service members was reported to be in critical condition. Officials said after the aircraft took incoming fire, they turned around and headed to Kampala, Uganda. From there the service members flew on to Nairobi, Kenya for medical treatment.

Both officials demanded anonymity to share information not yet made public. Both officials work in East Africa and are in a position to know the information.

Read: Hundreds dead, 20,000 flee to UN bases following South Sudan clashes

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