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U.S. Marines Kill Four Liberians Attacking U.S. Embassy

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 3, 1996 – U.S. Marines killed four attackers April 30 at the embassy compound in Monrovia, Liberia, a DoD spokesman said.

Initial reports said the Marine guards were returning the fire of a faction fighting a civil war in Liberia, the spokesman said, adding a Marine was grazed but did not require medical attention. The attack occurred during sporadic fighting around the embassy compound, he said.

U.S. forces safely evacuated more than 2,100 people including 435 Americans from Liberia after war erupted in the African nation in early April, officials said. About 1,400 Europe-based U.S. service members were involved in the operation, Assured Response.

A reinforced rifle company with about 275 Marines is in Monrovia guarding the compound, the spokesman said. The 2,600-member 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit is offshore, the spokesman said.

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