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Fiji Gun Battle At Parliament

Rebels and military have exchanged heavy gunfire and grenades in a ten minute gun-fight in the Parliamentary complex in Suva this afternoon.

A spokesman for the rebels, Joe Nata said four Speight supporters were injured when Fijian army officers shot them in the legs. The four are currently being treated in a Suva hospital.

Mr. Nata said three of the injured were unarmed civilians who were shot were warning the officers away from the compound. The army had moved into unauthorized territory Mr. Nata said.

Meanwhile a military spokesman Filipo Tarakinikini said the shooting was caused by the fourth supporter who is believed to have levelled his weapon at the soldiers.

The gun fight ended when the military and a spokesperson for the rebels negotiated a cease fire.

The fighting came only hours after a group of 80 soldiers loyal to George Speight rebelled in Fiji’s second island of Vanua Levu taking over a base near the town of Labasa.

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