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Nepal Army Kills 50 Rebels; 500 Protesters Arrested

Nepali soldiers killed at least 50 Maoist rebels in a deadly overnight clash, the army said on Friday, as around 500 political activists were reported arrested by police during pro-democracy rallies in the kingdom. The Nepali army said its troops killed the rebels after the insurgents attacked their base overnight using rocket launchers and mortars in the west of the nation in one of the deadliest battle in the past two months. An army statement said that many more, possibly hundreds, of Maoists could have died in the fighting and soldiers had recovered 31 weapons, including AK-47 assault rifles. “On the basis of the situation at the site of the clash and on the version of local people, it is understood that hundreds of terrorists have died,” it said. “Only 50 bodies have been recovered so far.” Full Story

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