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Liberia rebels control major town

Rebels fighting to overthrow the government of Liberia have entered the central town of Gbarnga, a one-time headquarters of the now defunct rebel movement of President Charles Taylor. When the Liberians United for Democracy and Development (Lurd) rebels went into the town on Friday morning they met with little resistance. They had been engaged in intense fighting with government forces on the northern highway leading to Gbarnga for nearly a week and the control of this town is reported to be a big successes for them. Defence Minister Daniel Chea told a news briefing that the rebels set a number of buildings ablaze in the town and killed scores of civilians. Lurd has been trying to overthrow Mr Taylor’s government since 1999. Full Story

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