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Curfew Imposed on Nepal's Capital After Protests Against Iraq Hostage Killing  - 2004-09-01


Authorities in Nepal imposed a curfew on Kathmandu today (Wednesday) after a mob ransacked the city's only mosque and an Arab airline office to protest the killing of 12 Nepalese hostages by Islamic militants in Iraq.

The government action came after several thousand demonstrators shouting "we want revenge" stormed the Jama Mashjid mosque and the office of the Qatar Airways in central Kathmandu.

Demonstrators also clashed with police, who tried to disperse them.

Protest rallies were also reported in several other towns throughout the kingdom.

There were no reports of casualties.

Tuesday, the Army of Ansar al-Sunna militant group in Iraq released video footage and photographs of the execution of the Nepalese hostages, who were in Iraq as contract workers for a Jordanian company.

Nepal has already banned its citizens from traveling to Iraq for work. But many Nepalese in other Middle Eastern nations still take jobs in the war-torn country.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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