Nepal rebels attack police checkpoint; 2 killed
Communist rebels attacked a police checkpoint in Nepal, killing two policemen and wounding three other people.india Updated: Apr 02, 2006 08:27 IST
Communist rebels attacked a police checkpoint at a town in southern Nepal town, killing two policemen and wounding three other people, police said on Sunday.
Police investigators said Maoist guerrillas on motorcycles opened fire on the police post on Saturday at a busy market next to the local bus station in Gaur, about 160 kilometres (100 miles) south of the capital Kathmandu.
People in the area panicked and ran from the attack site, but two civilians were wounded by stray bullets, the police officials who refused to be identified said. One policeman was also wounded.
The situation was under control by Sunday morning and security forces had taken control of the area, the officials said.
The string of violence comes ahead of a general strike by the alliance of seven political parties who oppose King Gyanendra's direct rule over this Himalayan nation.
The rebels have said they endorse and support the April 6-9 general strike.
Rebel violence has escalated since Gyanendra seized control of the government last year saying the move was necessary to quell the decade-long communist insurgency, which has left more than 13,000 dead.
The rebels, who claim to be inspired by Chinese revolutionary Mao Zedong, began their violent campaign to replace the monarchy with a communist state in 1996.