Three South Sudanese freed after U.N. aircraft lands in rebel area

February 5, 2015 2:43 PM

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NAIROBI (Reuters) - A South Sudanese civil servant and two humanitarian workers have been freed by rebels who detained them when their U.N. World Food Program helicopter landed by mistake in a rebel-held region, a WFP spokeswoman said on Thursday.

The incident came at a sensitive time in the world's newest country with President Salva Kiir and rebel commander Riek Machar seeking to seal a deal to end a conflict that has ravaged the oil-producing state since December 2013.

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