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8 Dead In Nepal Bus Attack

Authorities in Nepal say Maoist rebels have opened fire on a crowded public bus, killing at least eight people and wounding several others.

Police and government officials say the rebels ambushed the bus late Friday as it traveled on a road about 100 kilometers east of the capital, Kathmandu. They say six soldiers are among the dead.

The rebels have not commented on the incident.

Friday's bus attack is the second this week.

On Monday, 38 people were killed and more than 70 others wounded when a bus they were riding struck a landmine in a known rebel stronghold south of the capital.

Nepal's Maoist guerrillas have stepped up violence since February 1, when King Gyanendra dissolved parliament and assumed absolute power in an effort to quash the rebel insurgency.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.