Taylor orders arrest of two frontline commanders

© Deutsche Presse Agentur(DPA)

MONROVIA, May 12 (DPA)  -- Two Liberian government frontline commanders have been arrested on orders from Liberian President Charles Taylor, defence sources told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa on Sunday.

The commanders were named as General Coo-Coo Dennis and Joseph Montgomery. Defenxe sources told dpa the two frontline commanders were arrested following the fall of the strategically important town of Gbarnga, on the main road to the Ivory Coast, for what was referred to as "conniving with rebels to capture Gbarnga".

A source who wished to remain anonymous said the rebels easily took over Gbarnga when they entered the city.

"Armed Forces of Liberia soldiers stationed in the city fled as the rebels entered the city due to lack of arms and ammunition, the source claimed.

Based in northern Liberia, rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) have waged a sporadic campaign against the Taylor government for the past two years.

DPA-Tue. May 12, 2002

© Robert W. Kranz  09-02-2002