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Maoists, ethnic activists fight; 25 killed

March 22, 2007

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— A fierce fight erupted Wednesday between Nepal's former communist rebels and ethnic rights activists trying to stage separate rallies in the same place, leaving 25 people dead and 35 wounded.

Maoists supporters and members of the Madeshi People's Rights Forum had both gathered at an open ground venue in Gaur, 100 miles south of the capital, Katmandu, said local police chief Ram Kumar Khanal.

The two sides argued over who had the right to use the land, and fighting quickly broke out, Khanal said.

Khanal said 12 bodies were found at the site and 13 were recovered nearby.

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