• search

Landmines kill nearly 1,300 in Nepal - group

Written by: Staff
|

KATHMANDU, Sep 11 (Reuters) At least 1,290 people have been killed by landmines planted by government troops and Maoist rebels during Nepal's decade-old conflict, a leading anti-mine group said today.

The victims, including nearly 200 women and children, are among more than 13,000 people killed since Maoist guerrillas bent on toppling the Himalayan nation's monarchy launched a revolt in 1996.

''It is very serious and most of the victims are innocent civilians,'' Purna Shobha Chitrakar, coordinator of Ban Landmine Campaign Nepal, part of a international anti-landmine campaign, told Reuters.

At least 4,262 others have been injured by landmines, said Chitrakar.

The government and Maoists agreed to a ceasefire after King Gyanendra restored democracy following weeks of popular protests in April and returned power to political parties, leading to the formation of a multi-party, interim administration.

Both sides have pledged not to lay any new mines as part of a peace process they launched in May but activists say all existing mines must also be destroyed immediately.

REUTERS DKB HT1237

For Daily Alerts
Get Instant News Updates
Enable
x
Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Done
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more