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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Soldier kills 11 civilians in Nepal

[b]Soldier kills 11 civilians in Nepal[/b]

[b] Khathmandu, 16 December, ( [/b]A trigger-happy Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) sergeant on Wednesday killed 11 civilians and injured 16 others in Nepal's popular tourist destination of Nagarkot, 30 kilometers east of capital Kathmandu.

Among those killed were three women. There were several children among those injured.

Eyewitnesses told Asian Tribune that nearly 250 villagers were celebrating a festival of Mangsir Purnima at Kalidevi temple in Chihandanda area of Nagarkot Wednesday night when RNA sergeant Basudev Thapa opened fire indiscriminately killing 11 civilians.

Chewang Lama, 22, a local and an eyewitness said that Thapa had long-time animosity with some local boys. According to Lama, Thapa arrived at the temple area at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when they were partying.

"He attacked a local man with a knife. Locals retaliated and beat him up," he said.

Thapa disappeared for over half-an-hour during which the men who had beat him up left.

"He arrived with a fully loaded weapon later and fired indiscriminately at the gathering around the temple," Lama added.

Among those killed are Dipak Tamang, Bhagwan Tamang, Aite Tamang, Maya Tamang, Ram Prasad Thaha, Kale Tamang, Meenu Tamang, Damai Tamang, Dipak Lama, Ram Lal Nagarkoti and Sundar Shrestha.

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