WASHINGTON -- Four American troops were injured Saturday when their
aircraft came under fire over South Sudan, where they were attempting to
evacuate American citizens.
After coming under intense fire the
aircraft aborted the mission, diverting to an airfield outside the
country. The injured troops are being treated for their wounds, the
The aircraft was heading to Bor, the Jonglei state capital and the scene of intense fighting for the past week.
Sudanese officials blamed the attack on American aircraft on rebels.
The country has been wracked by violence for a week after an attempted
coup triggered fighting between rival ethnic groups. The violence has
killed hundreds and has world leaders worried that a full-blown civil
war could ignite in South Sudan.
Earlier this week,
President Obama dispatched U.S. troops to help protect the U.S. Embassy
in the capital, Juba. The U.S. Embassy organized at least five emergency
evacuation flights to help U.S. citizens leave the country. Other
countries like Britain, Germany and Italy also helped citizens evacuate.