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Rebels set off 3 blasts in Kathmandu, no injuries reported.

KATHMANDU, March 15 Kyodo

Communist rebels fighting for a republican state in Nepal on Friday set off three bombs in the capital Kathmandu, police said.

The explosions occurred at administrative offices in Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts, a government official said, adding there were no injuries or damage.

The official described the attacks as symbolic by demonstrating the might of the guerrillas, who took up arms against the government six years ago with the stated aim of rooting out Nepal's monarchy and multiparty rule.

Nepal imposed a state of emergency and ordered the army to fight the rebels after they broke off peace talks and began new attacks in November last year.

Nearly four months into the state of emergency, there are no signs of the insurgency-related violence abating in the Himalayan kingdom.
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