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Bomb Kills Two Children in Nepal

February 16, 1999

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) _ A bomb that police believe was planted by leftists rebels exploded in a mountainous village in midwestern Nepal, killing two children and injuring two others.

The children spotted the device in a barn Monday and were digging it out when it went off. The children, both 10 years old, were killed, police official Sahabir Thapa said. The injured children were each 2 years old.

The explosion took place in Rolpa, 200 miles west of Katmandu, the Nepalese capital. The injured children were airlifted to the nearest city of Nepalgunj for treatment.

The guerrillas oppose Nepal’s constitutional monarchy and demand that the country be turned into a republic.

At least 600 people have been killed since the insurgency began three years ago. Police said the rebels have intensified their campaign this week to mark their third anniversary.

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