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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Liberian Escapes Attack

MONROVIA () -- Liberia's chief warlord Charles Taylor said he survived an assassination attempt Thursday when gunmen ambushed him inside the presidential palace.

Taylor's senior aide was killed in the commando-style attack by gunmen who forced their way into the Executive Mansion in jeeps. Panic gripped the capital Monrovia which is still recovering from devastating ethnic warfare in April and May.

African peacekeepers trying to end nearly seven years of civil war in the West African country quickly moved in with tanks and deployed across the city's commercial district.