KOL. 2 February 2002. Maoist blow up electricity transmission line.

KATHMANDU -- At least one Maoist insurgent has been killed in continuing
skirmishes with security forces as Maoists blow up power transmission
line in an indication that they are now targeting infrastructure of the

The state run Radio Nepal reported Sunday morning that at least one
armed Maoist cadre was shot dead by security forces during clashes in
western Kailali district late Saturday night. It gave no other details.

Meanwhile, there are growing indications that Maoists are now targeting
infrastructure facilities of the country. In their latest attack, Maoist
insurgents blew up 11 KV power transmission line in eastern
Sankhuwasabha district, rendering districting headquarter Khandbari and
four other villages without electricity.

Our correspondent reports that the Maoists blew up the power line at
Mangling Village using socket bomb.

This the second time that the Maoists have attacked infrastructure
facility. Few days ago, Maoist blew up a power house in neighbouring
Bhojpur district.

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Barry Stoller

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