Rebels attack Nepal police post
NEPAL: A group of former communist guerrillas attacked a
police post in Nepal’s mountainous north, beat up the policemen and
stole their guns, officials said Friday.
In the first such attack since the rebels gave up an armed revolt and
joined a peace process last year, two dozen men stormed the police post
Thursday at Satdobato village in Nuwakot district, about 80 kilometers
(50 miles) north of the capital, Katmandu.
The former communist guerrillas’ leaders have criticized the attack,
saying those involved would be expelled from the political party that
the ex-rebels have formed.
Nuwakot’s chief administrative official, Bhanubhakta Pokhrel, said
those who launched Thursday’s attack first lodged a false report that
there was a homicide in a neighboring village.
When half the policemen in the station left to investigate the
report, the group stormed in, beat up the officers still at the post,
tied them and fled with at least three guns and an unknown amount of
ammunition, Pokhrel said.
Pokhrel said reinforcements were sent to the village and that police
were searching the area for the attackers.