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Ten Liberian former fighters killed in unrest over disarmament: residents

At least 10 former Liberian fighters have been killed in three days of fighting in the capital to protest the UN campaign to disarm them after 14 years of war, residents of the capital said. The bodies of nine ex-combatants were found Wednesday in the capital’s eastern Red Light district, where residents said the former fighters had been killed in overnight gunbattles with peacekeepers of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). “They were looting when the peacekeepers confronted them,” said resident Marie Sonpon. “When (the peacekeepers) tried to stop them, they opened fire.” UNMIL spokesman Patrick Coker told AFP the mission knew nothing of the deaths. State radio reported Tuesday that a former fighter was killed by UNMIL peacekeepers as he tried to steal a vehicle. Full Story

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