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Liberia Says Indicted Warlord Wounded in Clash

Sam Bockarie, a notorious West African warlord indicted by a U.N.-backed war crimes court, has been seriously wounded in a shootout with Liberian forces, Liberia’s government said on Tuesday. The former hairdresser, diamond-miner and disco dance champion who became a rebel commander in his native Sierra Leone was recently reported to be leading a band of fighters helping rebels in Ivory Coast. But the special court on war crimes in Sierra Leone last week said that Bockarie was in Liberia, where he had long-standing links, and urged President Charles Taylor to hand him over for trial. Liberia’s Information Ministry said in a statement that Bockarie was spotted crossing into Liberia from Ivory Coast early on Tuesday. Full Story

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