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Land Mine Blast Kills 6 in Nepal

A land mine explosion in Nepal Saturday killed at least six bus passengers and injured several others.

Nepalese authorities say the land mine was hidden beneath a barricade blocking a road. It exploded as passengers were working to dismantle the roadblock in a Kapilvastu district, 325 kilometers southwest of the capital, Kathmandu.

The land mine is believed to have been planted by Maoist rebels, who fought with government troops in the same area on Friday, a battle that killed at least five soldiers and an unknown number of guerillas.

Nepal's Maoists have been fighting since 1996 to establish a communist republic in the Himalayan kingdom. Violence has continued unabated since King Gyanendra dismissed a coalition government and seized power six months ago.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.