In less than a month in this once tranquil capital, a police official cleaning his motorbike was shot at close range. Five bombs exploded with one, planted near a school, killing a 12-year-old boy. An army colonel was assassinated outside his home. In each case, the police have blamed Maoist rebels, who have been waging an insurgency since 1996. In late August, they pulled out of peace talks and called off a seven-month cease-fire. In the weeks since, they have opened a new urban front in their campaign to replace the country’s constitutional monarchy with a Communist republic. Since the cease-fire ended, more than 400 Nepalis have died in the renewed fighting — more than triple the number who died in the month before the cease-fire was imposed. Most of the deaths, as with those before the cease-fire, have been in the countryside, where 85 percent of Nepalis live. But now the urban elite are also watching their backs. Full Story
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