APNewsBreak: UN 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. The U.N. peacekeeping mission strongly condemned the unprovoked attack on a U.N. base in Akobo in Jonglei state, near the Ethiopian border, on Thursday that killed two Indian peacekeepers and injured a third. (AP Photo/UNMISS)
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — 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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