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Gov't Soldiers Kill 17 Rebels in Nepal

Government soldiers killed 17 rebels in a gunbattle, even as the two sides were engaged in peace talks to end a seven-year insurgency in Nepal, officials said Monday. The soldiers were patrolling Sunday near the village of Doramba, 75 miles east of Katmandu, when they were fired on by the rebels, the defense ministry said in a statement. The guerrillas were killed in a gunbattle that followed, it said. No army casualties were reported. Soldiers recovered guns, ammunition and explosives from the site, the statement said. The details and identities of those killed could not be independently confirmed. The rebels, who say they’re inspired by Chinese communist revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, began fighting in 1996 to abolish Nepal’s constitutional monarchy and set up a socialist state. The insurgency has killed around 7,000 people. Full Story

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