South Sudan Rebels Shoot at Uganda and US Planes During Evacuation

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Juba-Four Military planes have been shot at in Southern Sudan.
The planes which include two MI-24 attack choppers and a Bell were reportedly shot at after leaving Bor airport.
Sources in the Ugandan military say the planes that were shot at were carrying Ugandan nations who had been evacuated from the town of Bor.
One of the planes reportedly turned back with a leaking tank and made an emergency landing.
The fate of the crew and those on board is unknown but initial reports says two Americans were injured.
Meanwhile, the United Nations has held a memorial service this morning for two peace keepers who were killed in Southern Sudan.
Efforts to get a comment from Uganda’s Military Spokesman Paddy Ankunda were futile by the time of filing this report.
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan paid respect to two of their colleagues from the Indian Battalion who were killed in action on Thursday in Akobo, Jonglei state
The Special Representative of the Secretary General Hilde F. Johnson condemned the attack on the peace keepers.
“I deplore this unjustified and unwarranted attack on the United Nations Mission base in Akobo, killing peacekeepers that were here to protect civilians and serve the people of South Sudan. It is a criminal act for which the responsible must be held accountable. Such attacks will not deter us from continuing to discharge our mandate,” said Hilde F. Johnson, Special Representative of the Secretary General.
How the attack was carried
According to UNMISS, The attack began at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Thursday when an estimated 2,000 armed youths believed to be of Lou Nuer ethnicity surrounded the UNMISS base in Akobo and opened fire in the direction of South Sudanese civilians of Dinka ethnic origin who had sought refuge inside the compound earlier.
Uganda has so far intervened in the conflict by deploying troops to secure Juba.

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