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Wednesday, 30 January, 2002, 15:16 GMT
Nepal's Coca Cola plant bombed
Police in Nepal say a bomb has exploded in a Coca Cola bottling plant at Bharatpur in the south of the country.

They say no one was injured and only slight damage was caused.

Two months ago, there was a similar explosion at the American company's other factory in the country, on the outskirts of Kathmandu.

No group has admitted carrying out the attacks, but the authorities have blamed them on Maoist rebels who have been fighting to overthrow the monarchy since 1996.

Local businessmen said the bombings were clearly meant to show resentment against the United States.

Washington has strongly backed the government's offensive against the guerrillas, while the Nepalese government has firmly supported the American-led military campaign in Afghanistan.

In a separate development, police have arrested the editor of the Janaastha left-wing weekly newspaper, Kishore Shrestha.

No reason was given.

The Federation of Nepalese Journalists says more than 50 journalists have been arrested since a state of emergency was declared two months ago.

Most of them were released after questioning.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

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