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Nepal Police Fire on Madhesi Protesters; At Least Two Killed


At least two people were killed in southern Nepal Thursday when police fired on protesters.

Witnesses said security forces opened fire after protesters attacked government offices in the town of Inaruwa.

Demonstrations in the region began several weeks ago as members of the Madhesi ethnic group began pushing for more political power in an upcoming vote for a new constitution.

On Wednesday, Nepal's prime minister pledged better representation for Madhesis.

At least 11 people have been killed and dozens more injured in recent rioting by members of the Madhesi community. The protests have paralyzed the southeastern Terai region and led to the arrests of three former cabinet ministers accused of inciting violence in the region.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.
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