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Maoists attack former PM in Nepal

world Updated: Oct 28, 2009 02:30 IST

A group of Maoists attacked Nepali Congress leaders including former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Parliament member Gagan Thapa in Chitawan district in Nepal.

The leaders were targeted by Maoists when reached Narayanghat in Chitawan district on Monday to attend a function of the Tarun Dal affiliated to NC, police said.

Although Deuba and Thapa remained unhurt, their vehicles were damaged, they said, adding around a dozen cadres of Nepal students union, affiliated to Nepali Congress, sustained injuries.

The window glasses of Deuba's vehicle were completely damaged, they said.

Police said Thapa took shelter inside an old house during the attack. Minister for Irrigation Bal Krishna Khand and lawmakers Mahendra Yadav and Laxmi Pariyar were also targeted.

NC sources said that the attackers carried swords and khukuris to target the NC people attending the programme.

The attack on the former prime minister and Nepali Congress lawmakers came at a time when the Maoists were announcing fresh protests to dislodge the government.

Nepali Congress has issued a statement condemning the attack on its leaders.