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Emergency in Nepal, army deployed

Kathmandu, November 26
A state of emergency was declared in Nepal tonight empowering the government to use the army for the first time against the Maoists after nearly 250 persons, including 76 securitymen and civil officials, were killed in a series of attacks by the ultras across the kingdom.

The Maoists continued to be on the rampage for the third consecutive day today attacking an army barrack, airport and government buildings in eastern part of the country killing a chief district administration official and 27 security personnel, including four army officers, in Solukhumbhu district.

Army troops were deployed across the country at the advice of the National Security Council headed by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.

The emergency, declared by King Gyanendra through a proclamation following a recommendation by the Cabinet, will be in force for three months.

It can be extended by another six months after Parliament’s approval by two-thirds majority.

"His Majesty the King has, in accordance with the Constitution of Nepal, declared a state of emergency in respect of the whole of Kingdom of Nepal," a royal palace statement said.

The King has also declared the Maoists as "terrorists", it said.

Meanwhile, night curfew was imposed at Dang in western Nepal where Maoists killed 11 soldiers and nine policemen on Friday.

Security has been tightened in view of the Maoist assaults in Dang, Syangja, Solokhumbu, Surkhet and other areas.

Soldiers have been moved to Holeri in Rolpa district which is the rebel stronghold.

In another development the USA has supported government efforts to protect citizens.

In a release issued in the evening, the US Embassy here condemned the attacks and urged the Maoists to participate in the democratic process. PTI, UNIBack

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