South Sudan rebel fire hits two U.S. military aircraft, wounding three American service members

Residents of Juba arrive at the UN compound on December 20, 2013 where they sought shelter. Attackers slaughtered at least 20 civilians sheltering in a UN base in Akobo, South Sudan in an attack in which two Indian peacekeepers died, the UN said Friday. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBATONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images

Residents of the South Sudan capital Juba seek shelter at the U.N. compound on Friday.                                  TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images

The military aircraft were en route to Bor, the scene of some of the nation’s most deadly violence over the past week. One service member is in critical condition.

(SOURCE)  KAMPALA, Uganda — Rebel fire hit two U.S. military aircraft responding to the outbreak in violence in South Sudan on Saturday, wounding three U.S. service members and heavily damaging at least one of the aircraft, officials said. South Sudan blamed the attack on renegade troops in control of the breakaway region.

The U.S. military 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 American service member 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 were flown on to Nairobi, Kenya for medical treatment, the officials said.

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