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Clashes mar first day of UN peacekeeping force in Liberia

At least three people were killed and seven wounded in clashes between rebels and government troops and militiamen as United Nations peacekeepers began taking over from African soldiers in Liberia, wracked by 14 years of war. Meanwhile the special UN envoy appealed to the international community for 280 million dollars (240 million euros) to help reconstruct the west African state. Heavy fighting broke out in the capital Monrovia after a convoy escorting a rebel leader came under attack in an eastern district of the city, witnesses said. Sekou Damate Conneh, leader of the main rebel group Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), was on his way to see President Moses Blah when his convoy came under attack in an area home to many supporters of exiled former president Charles Taylor. Witnesses said civilians began throwing stones at Conneh’s convoy and his escorts opened fire, prompting militiamen and government troops to intervene. Full Story

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