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Thursday, 19 October, 2000, 18:40 GMT 19:40 UK
Taylor says Liberian forces retake Voinjama

President CharlesTaylor of Liberia has said his troops have re-captured the northern town of Voinjama which has been occupied by rebels for more than three months.

The government has previously made several attempts to regain Voinjama in northern Lofa County, since it was taken by rebels in July.

A BBC correspondent in Monrovia travelled to Voinjama shortly after Mr Taylor's announcement -- he says the streets were mainly deserted except for jubilant soldiers and a few civilians.

Many buildings were damaged, including a small hospital. The army says it re-took the town on Sunday.

President Taylor has accused neighbouring Guinea of supporting the rebels; for its part, Guinea has accused Liberia of supporting rebel incursions into its territory.

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