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Land Mine Kills 22 Nepal Police Officers

A land mine planted by suspected rebels blew up two police trucks in western Nepal, killing at least 22 officers, police said Monday. Fifteen policemen also were wounded in the explosion in Khairekhola, a village 310 miles west of Katmandu, the capital of this Himalayan kingdom, a police official said on condition of anonymity. The police were returning to their base after a patrol searching for rebels. “The first truck was blown apart and most of the occupants were killed,” Milan Thapa, one of the injured policeman told The Associated Press while being carried from the helicopter to the emergency room. Thapa and others in the second truck were wounded. Rebels then opened fire on the second truck, wounding more police and sparking a gunbattle. Some rebels were shot during the fight but were carried away into the jungle, Thapa said. Full Story

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