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Security forces gun down over 150 rebels in west Nepal: Army

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Jan 6, IRNA -- More than 150 Maoist rebels were killed and 
over 100 injured in a fierce gunbattle with security forces in western
Nepal, the Army sources claimed. 
The three-hour gunfight took place at Bankhet area near Musrai of 
Kailali district, 700 Km west of Nepalese capital Kathmandu, last 
night after security forces launched a search operation of the 
Maoists` base camp there. 
The joint team of security forces shot dead more than 150 rebels 
and injured over 100, sources at the Army`s western division 
headquarters said, adding the Maoists` base camp was also destroyed. 
According to media reports eight security personnel were injured 
in the incident, two of them seriously. 
Meanwhile 30 bodies of the rebels were recovered from the area 
after the incident. The rebels usually carry away the bodies of their 
dead colleagues. 
About 300-400 armed Maoists were involved in the gunbattle, 
security sources said, adding the army also recovered some arms looted
by the rebels in the past. 
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