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Battle for Liberian Town

Government troops and militiamen in Liberia have been fighting rebels for control of the northern town of Gbarnga. The town was captured by rebels of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (Lurd) on Friday. Government forces were said to be back in the town again on Sunday. The military situation is described as fluid by the BBC ‘s reporter in the area, Jonathan Paye-Leyleh. Lurd has been trying to overthrow Mr Taylor’s government since 1999. Our correspondent says up to 30,000 people have been displaced by the fighting. Many of them have arrived by foot at camps in Totota, some 40km south-east of Gbarnga. “We are running from fire,” a middle-aged lady told our reporter carrying a jerry can of water and baby on her back. Full Story

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