November 25, 2001 |
Government leaders met to consider tough anti-terrorism measures Saturday, after Maoist rebels launched a wave of attacks that ended a four-month cease-fire and killed at least 42 soldiers and police. The rebels, who are fighting to topple Nepal's constitutional monarchy, swooped down on an army post, police stations and government installations across the Himalayan nation late Friday, killing 14 soldiers and at least 28 police, said Khum Bahadur Khadka, minister of physical planning and works.
September 16, 2001 |
Nepal banned public meetings for a month, hoping to block a 200,000-strong rally planned by Maoist rebels this week in the capital, Katmandu. The previous day, the government's second round of talks with the guerrillas ended in a deadlock. The government banned all public meetings and rallies for one month in the Katmandu Valley, fearing trouble during the Maoist rally, scheduled for Friday. The demonstration venue is less than half a mile from the king's palace and the prime minister's office.
July 24, 2001 |
Nepal's new prime minister and Maoist rebels announced a cease-fire and agreed to hold talks to end the five-year insurgency that has left at least 1,600 people dead. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who took office Sunday, declared a unilateral cease-fire and called on rebels to talk peace. Deuba's call came amid a rebel offensive that was in part responsible for his predecessor's resignation.
July 8, 2001 |
Maoist rebels attacked police stations in three remote mountain villages in central Nepal, killing at least 38 police officers and seriously injuring two others, officials said Saturday. The deadliest attack was in Bichaur, a village about 100 miles northwest of Katmandu, when rebels attacked a police station late Friday, killing 22 officers. Details of the attack were sketchy, but police in Katmandu, the capital, said officers battled with the rebels until Saturday morning.
June 28, 2001 |
Two policemen were killed and 10 were injured in Nepal as Maoist rebels attacked a security post with the backing of at least 6,000 supporters, police said. The raid appears to be the latest attack in a new offensive by the Maoists since the June 1 massacre of most of Nepal's royal family by the crown prince. The rebels' overnight raid took place in Khilatpur, 190 miles west of Katmandu, the capital.
December 29, 2000 |
The prime minister of Nepal faced possible ouster because of a rebellion in his own party Thursday, as 56 lawmakers drafted a no-confidence motion against him. The lawmakers are angered over Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala's failure to quell a Maoist insurgency and provide stability--the same charges Koirala made when he led the ouster of his predecessor in March.