Suspected rebels attack school in Nepal; 12 hurt

Published on Mar 31, 2006 02:32 PM IST

At least 11 schoolchildren and a teacher were wounded when suspected Maoists set off an explosion at a school in west Nepal.

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At least 11 schoolchildren and a teacher were wounded on Friday when suspected Maoist rebels set off an explosion at a school in west Nepal, the army said.

The incident took place in Dailekh district, 550 km west of the capital Kathmandu, while children were appearing for a school-leaving examination, an army officer said.

"The injured are undergoing treatment in a local hospital," he said, adding the nature of the injuries was not known.

Dailekh is a stronghold of the Maoists who want to overthrow the Hindu monarchy and set up a single-party communist republic.

More than 13,000 people have died in the conflict since 1996 and according to a local child rights' group, about 400 of them were children.

There was no comment from the rebels about the attack.

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