Rebels Attack Guinea Villages, Kill Man, Abduct Others
Rebels have attacked two Guinean villages close to the border with Sierra Leone, killing a man and abducting several other villagers, sources close to the security forces said here Tuesday.
The rebels killed a villager and kidnapped an unknown number of others in an attack on the village of Yagouya in the Kindia region in the early hours of Monday, the sources said.
The assailants then attacked Simbaraya village, but ran into tough resistance from troops and were driven back at around midday on Monday after eight hours of fighting.
The raids came as a team from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was in Guinea to prepare the way for sending west African military observers to the troubled border area between Guinea and Liberia.
The ECOWAS team, including five military officers from Nigeria and five from Mali, one from the ECOMOG west African peacekeeping force and a civilian official from the Nigeria-based ECOWAS secretariat, had talks here with Guinea's defense minister on Monday, officials said.
Guinea and Liberia have for several months accused each other of backing rebel groups. Raids and clashes have occurred both along Guinea's southeastern border with Liberia and southwestern border with Sierra Leone since the beginning of September.
The Conakry authorities say that rebel attacks have claimed 360 lives in Guinea.
After talks in Conakry, the ECOWAS team went to the densely forested area on the Guinean border with Liberia, where it is due to carry out reconnaissance ahead of the deployment of some 500 military observers -- CONAKRY (AFP)
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