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Militants kill police officer in Nepal village

world Updated: Feb 07, 2009 09:39 IST

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Militants stormed a police station in a remote mountain village in western Nepal early on Saturday, killing at least one police officer, a government official said. No group has taken responsibility for the overnight raid. It is the first such attack in the region since Nepal's communist rebels gave up their armed insurgency three years ago.

Government administrator Krishna Shyam Budhathoki said the militants made off with weapons and ammunition during their raid on the police station in Syawlebhan village.

The village, which is only accessible by foot, is about 150 miles (240 kilometers) west of the capital, c.

Budhathoki said police were investigating the attack and reinforcements were being sent to the area.

Nepal's remote mountainous west was a hotbed of militant activity until the communist rebels gave up their armed insurgency in 2006 to enter mainstream politics. The rebels, widely know as the Maoists, kicked off their insurgency in 1996 with a raid on police station in the same area as Saturday's attack.

About 13,000 people were killed in their violent, 10-years campaign.