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Liberian army counter-attacks

Government forces in Liberia say they have launched a counter-attack after the country’s second city was taken by rebels. Defence Minister Daniel Chea told the BBC that there was street fighting in Buchanan as the army tried to prevent the rebels from bringing in supplies. Meanwhile, the main rebel group, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (Lurd), has announced a ceasefire. Previous such declarations have not ended the fighting. The sea port of Buchanan fell to the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (Model) – Liberia’s second largest rebel force – on Monday. Aid agencies warn that this will make it difficult to get food supplies to the many thousands of refugees in Liberia. Full Story

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