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Bomb Blast in Nepal Kills One, Maoist Strike Cripples Capital

Authorities in Nepal say one person was killed and at least two others wounded in a bomb blast in the western town of Pokhara Sunday.

Officials say they suspect Maoist rebels were responsible for the attack since the tourist town largely ignored their call for a nationwide 11-day strike to protest King Gyanendra's seizure of absolute power.

The strike that began Saturday is also an attempt to cut off food and fuel supplies to the capital, Kathmandu, to increase the pressure on the king.

Nepal's king says he dismissed the government and assumed all powers on February first in order to defeat an escalating Maoist insurgency. The rebels have been fighting since 1996 to replace the monarchy with a communist state.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.