21 Rebel Suspects Killed in Nepal
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) _ Government troops killed 21 suspected rebels in a weekend clash in eastern Nepal, the Defense Ministry said Monday.
The army also arrested three suspected guerrillas Sunday night in Tehrathum district, some 300 miles east of the capital, Katmandu, the ministry said in a statement.
On Monday, suspected Maoist guerrillas ambushed a police jeep and killed four policemen at Phulbari, 310 miles east of Katmandu, the Home Ministry reported. Seven policemen were wounded in the attack, two of them seriously.
The army arrested 41 suspected terrorists across Nepal and seized weapons, ammunition and explosives on Sunday, the Defense Ministry said.
The rebels ended a cease-fire and four months of talks with the government in November. More than 500 guerrillas and 100 security personnel and government officials have been killed in the fighting since then.
The rebels launched the insurgency in the Himalayan kingdom in 1996 to establish communist rule and end the existing constitutional monarchy. More than 2,200 people have been killed in the fighting since 1996.