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U.N. helicopter hit, downed in S. Sudan
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In this photo released by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), U.N. peacekeepers salute during a memorial service for their two colleagues who were killed on Thursday, in the UNMISS compound in Juba, South Sudan Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/UNMISS)
In this photo released by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), U.N. peacekeepers salute during a memorial service for their two colleagues who were killed on Thursday, in the UNMISS compound in Juba, South Sudan Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/UNMISS)
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NAIROBI, Kenya: Two officials have told The Associated Press that a U.N. helicopter trying to evacuate peacekeepers and civilians was fired on and sustained significant damage on Friday in the same restive South Sudan state where a U.S. helicopter was hit Saturday.

Rob McKee of Warrior Security said the U.N. helicopter was hit by small arms fire and made an emergency landing while trying to evacuate personnel from a base in Yuai in Jonglei state. A second official who insisted on anonymity because the information hasn't been released said the helicopter was abandoned and remains unable to fly. No injuries were reported.

A U.N. spokesman didn't answer a phone call or email seeking comment.

U.S. aircraft were fired on Saturday in Bor, the capital of Jonglei. Four U.S. service members were wounded.

 
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