Liberian rebels 'approach capital'
There are reports that rebels in Liberia have taken two key towns north of the capital, Monrovia. Defence Minister Daniel Chea confirmed rebels recaptured the iron-ore rich town of Bopolu on Monday, situated approximately 100 kilometres north-west of the capital. The Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (Lurd) have been trying to overthrow the government of President Charles Taylor since 1999. Panic has gripped Monrovia, following news of the advances. In an interview on the Tubmanburg highway, Mr Chea told the BBC that government forces are being amassed to advance on the embattled town. Several vehicles, including jeeps loaded with armed men, some carrying calibre machine guns, were seen heading towards the area. When asked whether the rebels’ quick advance on the town confirms that other towns such as Sawmill, situated beyond Tubmanburg, have fallen to the rebels, Mr Chea replied “not necessarily”. Full Story