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New front in Liberia fighting

Rebels of the Liberian United for Reconstruction and Democracy (Lurd) have opened a new front in the civil war with an attack on south-eastern Sinoe County, say the government. The county is next door to Grand Gedeh, which borders Ivory Coast and is the home region of the late President Samuel Doe. Top defence officials are currently busy mobilising fighters in Sinoe County to engage rebels who attacked from neighbouring Grand Gedeh three days ago. Defence Minister Daniel Chea, speaking to me via satellite phone from the region, said the rebels attacked Pan’s Town in Sinoe County after using mortar guns to dislodge government troops from positions around Gbabo’s Town. Asked whether the advance to Sinoe by the rebels suggested that the whole of Grand Gedeh County was now held by the rebels, he said government troops were still engaging the insurgents in parts of the county. Full Story

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