Suspected rebel attack on Nepal school injures 12

 
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KATHMANDU, Mar 31 (Reuters) At least 11 schoolchildren and a teacher were wounded today when suspected Maoist rebels set off an explosion at a school in west Nepal, the army said.

The incident took place in Dailekh district, 550 km west of the capital Kathmandu, while children were appearing for a school-leaving examination, an army officer said.

''The injured are undergoing treatment in a local hospital,'' he said, adding the nature of the injuries was not known.

Dailekh is a stronghold of the Maoists who want to overthrow the Hindu monarchy and set up a single-party communist republic.

More than 13,000 people have died in the conflict since 1996 and according to a local child rights' group, about 400 of them were children.

There was no comment from the rebels about the attack.

REUTERS LR HS1424

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