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9/24/2002 - Abidjan, Ivory Coast

MISSIONARY KIDS CAUGHT IN AFRICAN REBELLION

French troops are standing by in case they have to evacuate foreigners from Ivory Coast, including about 100 American children caught in the middle of a military uprising.

The U-S-based director of the children's boarding school says rebels have breached the walls of the school itself, and fired across the campus. James Forlines, director of Free Will Baptist Missions in Nashville, says the kids were scared to death, but none was injured in the crossfire.

The school is in a city taken by rebels when they launched their coup attempt four days ago. The uprising killed at least 270 people in its first days alone. The insurgents apparently include hundreds of soldiers fired for suspected disloyalty. Until 1999, Ivory Coast was an oasis of stability in a region scarred by some of Africa's ugliest wars.

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