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Maoists accused of Nepal blasts

Suspected Maoist rebels ended more than seven months of relative calm in Nepal with a series of bomb blasts in the capital, Kathmandu, yesterday which killed a schoolboy and injured nearly a dozen other people. Six crude bombs planted in government offices in different neighbourhoods went off during the morning, spreading terror in the city and bringing the army out into the streets. The boy, 10, was killed in one of the explosions barely a hundred metres from the prime minister, Surya Bahadur Thapa’s, official residence. No one claimed responsibility for the blasts but the only suspect was the Communist party of Nepal (Maoist), which has ended its ceasefire with the government which had been in force since January 30. The Maoists walked out of talks with the government because they said their demand for a new constitution which would transform the role of the king was not negotiable. Yubraj Ghimire, the editor of the Kathmandu Post, said: “The message from the Maoists is clear. Now they can go to any extent, hit any part of Kathmandu and target anyone.” Full Story

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