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Homes destroyed in cross-border attack on Liberia

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MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- A regional official says that hundreds of men from Sierra Leone crossed the border into Liberia last week and destroyed homes in a retaliatory attack following the death of one of their citizens.

Eugene Fallah Kparkar, the Congressional representative from the Foya region in Liberia's far north, said at least five houses, two churches and two buildings used to store rice were destroyed when some 300 Sierra Leoneans attacked last Thursday.

He said Tuesday the assailants were apparently seeking revenge for the death of a Sierra Leonean motorcyclist, who they believe was beaten to death in Liberia.

Both Sierra Leone and Liberia are recovering from horrific civil wars, and the Foya region where the incident occurred is where the final round of Liberia's war started in 1999.

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