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Last Updated: Friday, 2 July, 2004, 11:30 GMT 12:30 UK
Gunmen kill mayor of Nepal town
The mayor of a key tourist town in Nepal has been shot dead.

Police said they suspected the mayor of Pokhara, Harka Bahadur Gurung, was killed by Maoist rebels.

Mr Gurung was shot as he was being driven to his office on Friday and died later in hospital. The driver and a bodyguard were injured.

Police said Maoists had warned this week they would avenge the recent killing of six rebels but no one has yet admitted carrying out the attack.

'No compromise'

Home ministry spokesman Gopendra Bahadur Pande said the injured men were in a serious condition.

Mr Gurung belonged to the Rastriya Prajatantra Party, which has been negotiating to join the government of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.

Mr Deuba, who was reappointed premier on 2 June, said on Wednesday that there could be no compromise on issues of constitutional monarchy and multi-party democracy in any future talks with Maoist rebels.

More than 8,000 people have died in eight years of violence since the Maoists began their fight to replace the monarchy with a communist republic.

Pokhara, 150km (94 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu, is a gateway for trekkers heading for the Annapurna range.



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