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Accused of Hiding War Crimes Suspect, Liberia Says It Killed Him

For a week, the Liberian president, Charles Taylor, has been accused by United Nations investigators of harboring an accused war criminal, a West African warlord named Sam Bockarie. Today, Mr. Taylor’s government said its forces had shot and killed Mr. Bockarie this morning as he tried to enter the country before dawn. The body of Mr. Bockarie, who led a campaign of rape and mutilation in his native Sierra Leone and more recently aided rebels in this country’s seven-month-old war, was taken to the morgue in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, said the Liberian information minister, Reginald Goodridge. Sierra Leone government officials have inspected the body, Mr. Goodridge said. “We are pretty sure that is his body,” he said. Nicknamed Mosquito for his blood-sucking reputation, Mr. Bockarie was among West Africa’s most infamous warlords. He was second in command of the Revolutionary United Front, the Sierra Leonean rebel group known throughout the world for cutting off civilians’ limbs. Full Story

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