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Government soldiers opened fire at the Nigerian Embassy, wounding one employee, and clashed with rebels in a contested eastern suburb of the besieged Liberian capital.

Elsewhere Thursday, troops fired at a fishing boat they suspected of carrying rebels and searched houses in the city's port region, prompting hundreds of residents to flee.Soldiers fired on the Nigerian Embassy in Monrovia, where 150 Nigerians were sheltering from the 6-month-old civil war between the forces of President Samuel Doe and rebel leader Charles Taylor. Two bullets grazed the face of one guard.

It was the second time government forces have violated the immunity of a diplomatic mission. More than 6,000 Liberians and foreigners are huddled in churches and embassy compounds across the capital.