Nepali police killed in Maoist raid

Two Nepali policemen have been killed and dozens missing after Maoist guerrillas raided a police post in the east of the strife-torn country.

    Maoist guerrillas have paralysed the country with a strike call

    It was the second such attack this week.

       

    About 60 policemen were on duty at the post in Pashupatinagar in Ilam district when hundreds of rebels stormed it around 10.45 pm (1700 GMT) on Wednesday, a police

    spokesman said.

       

    "About a dozen policemen are safe while the rest are still missing," he said. "We have sent reinforcements and a search is underway."

     

    Surrender

       

    Authorities say the rebels, who are fighting to topple Nepal's constitutional monarchy and establish communist rule, usually ask policemen who surrender after attacks to carry loads for them as they return to their bases.

       

    "They (rebels) also attacked a state bank, a government office and ransacked several shops and fled," Binita Chhetri, a Pashupatinagar resident, said by phone.

       

    Ilam, a tea-growing region, is about 600 km east of Kathmandu and borders Darjeeling in eastern India.

       

    The Wednesday night raid came as life across Nepal was crippled for a third day due to a general strike called by the guerrillas.

       

    The rebels also set off two bombs in Kathmandu late on Wednesday, wounding four people.

       

    Earlier this week, they raided a police post in Yadukuwa, also in east Nepal, killing nine policemen. The revolt has cost more than 9,300 lives since it began in 1996.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    More than 300 people died in Somalia but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Japan's third-largest steelmaker has admitted it faked data on parts used in cars, planes and trains.