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Bombs Explode After Nepal's Maoists Call Off Cease-Fire


Bomb explosions have hit two cities and a town in Nepal, just hours after communist rebels announced an end to their unilateral cease-fire.

There were no immediate reports of any casualties.

One explosion damaged a government building in Bhairahawa city, southwest of Kathmandu, and another hit a city council office in nearby Butwal. The third bomb exploded near a police station in Pokhara, a resort town west of Kathmandu.

Earlier Monday, the rebels said they have been forced to abandon the four-month truce, because the government was continuing its attacks.

Nepal's political parties, who formed a loose alliance with the rebels to press King Gyanendra to return the country to democratic rule, had asked the rebels not to resume violence. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan made a similar appeal last week.

Nepal's royal government dismissed the rebel cease-fire as a ploy to buy time to regroup.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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