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Saturday 19 April 2014

Two US military aircraft fired upon in South Sudan, one soldier critical

Six US service members have died in an aircraft crash in Afghanistan
One soldier critically injured after US Aircraft were fired upon in South Sudan

Gunfire hit U.S. military aircraft flying in to rescue people from fighting in South Sudan, wounding two U.S. soldiers on Saturday, a Ugandan government official said.

One plane was damaged when it was hit over remote Jonglei state, north of the capital and the scene of some of the worst clashes in almost a week of fighting in Africa's newest nation.

"Some American aircraft that had gone to rescue people (were) shot at," said the official, who did not want to be named.

Associated Press reported rebels fired on two U.S. military aircraft, wounding three service personnel, on their way to Jonglei's administrative centre Bor.

One of the service personnel was in a critical condition, the agency said, citing unnamed officials.

Reuters

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