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Liberian Fighters on Rampage After Gun Cash Offer

Liberian government militia fighters smashed and hijacked cars in the capital Monrovia on Tuesday, firing rifles in the air, despite pledges by U.N. peacekeepers to give them hard cash for their guns. Dozens of fighters roamed the streets near the residence of now-exiled former President Charles Taylor and the eastern suburb of Paynesville, breaking car windshields with Kalashnikov rifles and forcing passing vehicles to turn back. Disgruntled government fighters have rioted over the past two days after finding out that the $300 they have been promised in return for their guns as part of a disarmament program would not be paid immediately. On Tuesday, the U.N. said fighters would be given $75 on handing their weapons to peacekeepers. The U.N. made the announcement in a statement after a meeting with government officials and military commanders to restore calm. Full Story

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