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12 Nepalese Die in Suspected Maoist Attack


Nepalese army officials say the kingdom's Maoist rebels killed four people and injured at least 11 in two separate attacks Monday.

Officials say three soldiers and one civilian died in a clash at an army checkpoint about 30 kilometers from the capital, Kathmandu.

Police said at least 11 people were injured when a bomb exploded in a market in Pokhara, about 200 kilometers west of the capital.

On Sunday, government troops killed at least 16 Maoists following a rebel assault on a security patrol in western Nepal. At least five soldiers were wounded.

Rebel attacks have increased since The Maoists broke a ceasefire last month. They are fighting to establish a single party communist republic. About 13,000 people have been killed in the fighting.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.