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15 Killed as Troops Pursue Maoist Rebels

January 08, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Fifteen people, including two civilians, were killed as troops stepped up operations against Maoist rebels, Nepalese officials said.

The Home Ministry said eight rebels were killed in an "encounter" with security forces in Achham district in western Nepal.

Soldiers also killed three suspected rebels in Myagdi district in the northwest. Two guerrillas died in an army operation in Sallyan in the east. Rebels killed a village chief and a teacher in Khoplang in western Nepal, officials said.

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