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Gunmen in Liberia Abduct Aid Workers

Gunmen in war-torn Liberia abducted four U.N. workers and an unknown number of employees from other aid agencies, the U.N. World Food Program said Friday. The four Liberian nationals – two drivers, a food monitor and a store keeper – were kidnapped Thursday in the town of Zwedru, on the Ivory Coast border, a U.N. statement said. The other aid workers also were taken at that time, the statement said, as fighting raged on between government troops and rebels. Details on the gunmen weren’t known and no further information was available. The abductions were the latest attacks against aid workers in the lawless border region, where government troops and rebels from both countries, and Liberian mercenaries roam. Three aid workers for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency were killed in the region this month, while several aid workers for the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross were killed earlier this year just across the border in Ivory Coast. Full Story

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