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Wanted former Sierra Leone rebel commander dead after gun battle

Former Sierra Leonean rebel commander Sam Bockarie, indicted on war crimes charges by a UN court, died after a shoot-out with government forces in Liberia, Information Minister Reginald Goodridge said. Goodridge told journalists waiting outside a funeral parlour in the capital city of Monrovia that Bockarie had been killed and that the “man’s body is in there.” Journalists later saw the bullet-riddled body with wounds in the neck, chest and both the legs. Liberia’s acting foreign minister Tambakai Jangaba said he had escorted Bockarie back to Sierra Leone in 1991 and identified the body, adding: “I am convinced it is Bockarie because I knew him very well.” However, Sierra Leone’s ambassador to Liberia, Patrick Foyah, cast some doubt, saying: “The last I saw him was in 1997. He was a lanky fellow then and this is the corpse of a fat man.” Full Story

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