AFP. 2 February 2002. Army defuses six suspected Maoist bombs in Nepal

KATHMANDU -- The army in Nepal Saturday defused six bombs, four of which
were planted at a bus station in Kathmandu, police said.

Maoist rebels are believed to have planted the devices as anti-monarchy
and anti-prime minister slogans were found written on banners nearby.

Members of the public spotted the bombs at the bus station in the
outskirts of Kathmandu and in the nearby suburb of Sanepa, and called
the police. Army bomb disposal squads were called in to defuse the

"We managed to avert a possible disaster in the capital," a police
source said.

Officials said Saturday that three Maoist rebels were killed in clashes
with security forces in western Nepal.

"Two Maoists were killed in Dandeldhura and one in Bara district when
they clashed with security forces Thursday night," a defence ministry
statement said.

A large cache of guns, ammunitions and explosives were also recovered in
the encounters, it said.

But Home Minister Devendra Raj Kandel admitted Friday that despite the
emergency security personnel had not been able to locate senior Maoist

Minister for Communications Jayaprakash Prasad Gupta said Saturday that
the state-controlled Nepal Telecommunications Corporation (NTC) had
incurred losses of a 250 million rupees (328,947 dollars) because of
damage caused by Maoist attacks since 1996.

"Telecommunication links in nine of the country's 75 administrative
districts have been disrupted (over this period)," Gupta said.

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Barry Stoller

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