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Maoists kill six policemen in Nepal

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Jan 22, IRNA
Maoists in Nepal attacked a police patrol in Nepalganj city, considered a Maoist stronghold, killing six policemen even as the government enforced a day-long curfew in Kathmandu amid protest rallies by the opposition parties.

The Maoists attacked a police patrol and a police check post in coordinated attacks.

Four policemen were killed when the guerrillas attacked the patrol near BP Chowk, a busy market area, while two more died in the attack on the check post at Jamunaha.

The fresh killings came less than a week after the Maoists attacked Kathmandu Valley on 14th January, killing 12 policemen.

The guerrillas resumed armed struggle on 2nd January, after the expiry of their four-month unilateral ceasefire.

During the ceasefire, King Gyanendra and his handpicked ministers claimed the security situation in the country had improved remarkably since the monarch seized power with the help of the army last year.

The international community, including UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, has been urging the king to effect reconciliation with the opposition parties and unitedly begin peace talks with the Maoists before holding polls but to no avail.


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