The Nepalese military says it has confiscated explosives, bombs, communication devices and other weapons belonging to Maoist rebels that could have been used in several attacks.

A Royal Nepalese Army spokesman, Brigadier-General Deepak Gurung, told journalists in Kathmandu Tuesday the weapons were recovered from various Maoist hideouts in and around the nation's capital.

The army confiscated the weapons as Maoist rebels escalated their attacks ahead of a January 13 deadline set by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba for the Maoists to resume peace talks.

Maoist rebels have been fighting since 1996 to replace Nepal's constitutional monarchy with a communist state. So far, the conflict has claimed more than 10,000 lives.

Some information for this report provided by AP.