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Rebels Torch Premier's Country Home in Raid

April 25, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Rebels fighting to topple Nepal's constitutional monarchy set fire to the prime minister's country home in the latest high-profile raid on the kingdom's leadership.

Much of the poverty-ridden nation was paralyzed on the second day of a national strike ordered by the Maoist guerrillas and backed by threats of violence.

But a growing number of people began defying the five-day strike, and more shops opened, unable to bear the cost of being shuttered.

About 100 rebels attacked Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba's ancestral home, 340 miles northwest of the capital, Katmandu, after ordering caretakers to flee.

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