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The United Nations said Thursday it had lost contact with one of its bases in South Sudan as continued fighting between rebels and government forces increased fears the world's youngest state was sliding towards civil war. UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said 40 Indian peacekeepers at the base at Akobo in Jonglei state had been moved to a nearby South Sudan army camp, but that three peacekeepers and possibly one civilian worker were missing. The fate of more than 30 ethnic Dinka civilians who had taken refuge at the Akobo base was also not known, Haq added. "We are no longer in contact with the Akobo base," Haq said.