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State of Emergency Declared After Clashes

February 09, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

President Charles Taylor declared a state of emergency after reports of fighting between government and rebel forces on the outskirts of Monrovia, the capital. Officials said thousands of civilians had fled the area.

Taylor did not provide details of the latest clashes in a radio address to the nation, but Information Minister Reginald Goodridge said government forces repelled a rebel attack Thursday in Kle, about 25 miles north of Monrovia.

Rebels have been waging a low-level insurrection in northern Liberia for more than two years.

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