Vol. 5 Num 994 Sun. March 18, 2007  

Breakaway Nepal Maoists kill former rebel

A breakaway group of Maoists killed a former rebel activist after abducting him from his home in southeast Nepal, police said yesterday.

Supporters of the Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (Goit) or Terai People's Liberation Front "shot dead a local Maoist activist in Sisuriya village" on Friday, said police inspector Laxman Giri.

He was speaking from Siraha district where the killing took place which lies 350 kilometres (220 miles) southeast of the nation's capital Kathmandu.

Giri, who said the victim had been kidnapped earlier on Friday, said the reason for the killing was not known. He had no further details.

The group broke away from the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) two years ago and has been spearheading an anti-Maoist movement in the southern plains bordering India known as the Terai.