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UN helicopter shot down in South Sudan; 4 dead

NEW YORK — The United Nations said South Sudan’s armed forces shot down a UN helicopter on Friday, killing all four Russian crew members on board — but South Sudan’s military spokesman blamed rebel fighters.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stood by the UN’s account in a statement, strongly condemning the shooting down ‘‘of a clearly marked UN helicopter by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army’’ and calling on South Sudan’s government to conduct an immediate investigation and prosecute those responsible.

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