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Nepalese Maoists kill official, bomb candidates ahead of polls

Suspected Maoists rebels have killed a politician who was standing for election in municipal polls in Nepal slated for next week and bombed two candidates’ homes, authorities said. The announcement of the killing came a day after the rebels pledged not to attack any candidates in the polls being held as part of King Gyanendra’s pledge to restore democracy. The dead man was “shot by Maoists at his house” in eastern Nepal late Thursday and died in hospital, a police officer told AFP on Friday by telephone from Morang, 550 kilometres (344 miles) from Kathmandu. Full Story

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