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Authorities Arrest Opposition Leader, Nepal's Maoists Wound 3

Nepalese police have arrested a top opposition leader in the capital, Kathmandu, and Maoist rebels have opened fire at a busy marketplace in southern Nepal, wounding three people.

Officials in Bara district, where the Maoist attack took place Thursday, say the rebels fired indiscriminately. They wounded a policeman, a journalist and a health worker.

At least 38 people have been killed in clashes between rebels and security forces over the past week.

Also Thursday, authorities stormed the home of the secretary-general of the Communist Party, Madhav Kumar Nepal, and took him away. The arrest followed a raid on his home a day earlier by armed police who seized phones, communication equipment and documents.

Security forces placed Nepal under house arrest in mid-January during a government crackdown on opposition activists to prevent anti-government protests.

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