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More die in Nepal Maoist insurgency despite truce call

Fifteen people including 12 rebels were killed on Saturday and suspected Maoists bombed five government utilities despite the guerrillas' plans for a nine day truce from October 2, officials said.

Twelve Maoists were killed in a gunbattle with security forces at Chhita Pokhara in the Khotang district, 340 kilometres east of Kathmandu, a police officer said.

Elsewhere in eastern Nepal, the Maoists killed two policemen, Purna Giri and Radha Krishna Rai, and a woman selling beetle nuts, Kala Chaudhary, in the Jaljale-Gaighat area, an official said.

"A group of seven Maoists descended from a public bus when police were checking the passengers and suddenly opened fire, killing the three and wounding two others," said Sita Ram Pokharel, the chief administrator for the region.

In Janakpur, an industrial hub on the Indian border 260 kilometres south-east of Kathmandu, the rebels carried out five early morning bombings that disrupted telephone service and power, police said.

No one was killed directly by the blasts but an elderly man died of a heart attack after hearing the explosions, police inspector Bharat Khadka said.

He said the sites that were bombed included the offices of the roads department and the Nepal Electricity Authority and a telecommunications tower.

Troops and Maoists traded fire for nearly 40 minutes after the blasts but the rebels escaped and no one was injured, Mr Khadka said.

The violence comes despite the start of Nepal's festival season on Saturday.

--AFP




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