Announcing Civil War

Monday May 31, 2004 · Flavio Grassi

Last week Nepalese Maoist rebels abducted about 1400 students and teachers. Yesterday a bomb blew a bus in Kathmandu, a rare event because so far guerrilla activity had been mostly limited to rural areas. And today

A rebel leader defended the abduction of an estimated 1400 students and teachers over the past week from four war-torn districts, saying they were being prepared for battle.
“The Maoists have been giving armed combat training and revolutionary education to the abductees to absorb them in our army before launching a nationwide attack,” said Maoist central committee member Bam Dev Kshetri.

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