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One Killed, Five Missing in Nepal Rebel Attack - 2004-08-22


Officials in Nepal say one soldier has been killed and at least five police officers are missing after an attack by suspected Maoist rebels.

Security officials say hundreds of rebels surrounded the town of Khalanga, 600 kilometers northwest of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, early Sunday. They say the rebels bombed the police station, the airport and several government buildings.

The latest violence comes as rebels continue a blockade of Kathmandu, now in its fifth day. Saturday, suspected rebels killed a policeman on the outskirts of the capital.

A day earlier rebels set off several bombs in Kathmandu, wounding a policeman.

Fighting between the government and rebels has escalated since the guerrillas withdrew from a seven-month ceasefire last August.

The rebels have vowed to continue to block the Nepalese capital until the government releases jailed Maoists and provides information on a number of people detained by the government. On Friday, the government said it would investigate the whereabouts of missing activists.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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