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Nepal rebels attack police, kill 9

From CNN Journalist Akhilesh Upadhyayh


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KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNN) -- Hundreds of Maoist rebels have stormed a police station in Nepal overnight, sparking a three-hour gun battle that killed nine police officers and left an undetermined number of rebels dead, according to police.

Between 400 and 500 armed rebels attacked the police station, located in the Dhanusa region about 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Kathmandu, the Nepalese capital, police said Monday.

Maoist insurgents have been waging an armed rebellion since 1996 to overthrow the monarchy in the remote Himalayan kingdom.

More than 10,000 people have died in eight years of fighting, while tens of thousands more have fled the violence.

The latest attack came after at least 150 people were injured Friday in Kathmandu in clashes between police and protesters calling for a new government to replace one appointed by King Gyanendra.

Demonstrations turned violent when the protesters tried to break police barricades, including those protecting the Royal Palace.

Nepal's five major parties have launched a mass movement to install an all-party government.

The king last month promised to hold parliamentary elections within a year, but the parties are insisting that only an all-party government, and not the king's government, will be able to hold a free and fair election.


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