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21 killed in Nepal police ambush

Kathmandu, June 14 (Reuters): At least 21 Nepali policemen were killed and 12 wounded today when Maoist rebels ambushed two police trucks in the west of the country in stepped up violence that dimmed hopes for early peace talks.

The rebels planted a landmine that exploded as the trucks passed on a highway in a forest area, and then opened fire on the convoy, police spokesman Ajay Chatkuli said.

The attack, the biggest since Sher Bahadur Deuba was reappointed Prime Minister on June 2, took place at Khairikhola, 450 km west of the capital Kathmandu.

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