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Wednesday, 13 November, 2002, 07:37 GMT
Attack on Nepal king's aide
Nepal soldiers at scene
Soldiers shot the attacker as he fled
Soldiers in Nepal have shot dead a suspected Maoist rebel in front of the house of an official in charge of royal affairs.

The man was shot as he fled after throwing an explosive device into the residential complex of the chairman of the privy council, Keshar Jung Rayamajhi.

"The army shot the man dead after he dropped his bomb and tried to run away," the AFP news agency quoted a police official as saying.

"A disposal squad defused the bomb before it could explode," the police official said.

A spokesman of Dr Rayamajhi told the BBC that there had been no damage or injury from the attack.

General strike

The house is next door to the official residence of the prime minister and the chief justice, in the upmarket Baluwater area.

The incident occurred on the last day of the three-day general strike called by the rebels to protest against a move last month by King Gyanendra to assume full executive powers.

Increasing numbers of people have been defying the strike, which on Monday brought the country to a complete standstill.

The Maoists have enforced the stoppage with a wave of bombings and attacks which have killed at least four people.

The army says more than 7,000 people have died in the six-year insurgency, most of them since King Gyanendra imposed a state of emergency last November.

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