Civilian killed in clash in far-western Nepal

KATHMANDU, Jun 9, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A woman shop owner was killed and a policeman injured during a shoot-out between security personnel and anti-government guerrillas in a busy market area of Nepal's far-western town of Dhangadhi Thursday afternoon.

According to latest reports by local media, the one-hour-long clash took place at around 5:30 p.m. local time (1145 GMT) when about six guerrillas opened fire at a police post in Traffic Chowk area of Dhangadhi, the headquarters of Kailali district, some 700 km west of Kathmandu.

The injured assistant sub-inspector of police is undergoing treatment at a local hospital.

It is not immediately known if there have been any casualties on the part of the guerrillas.

Over 12,000 Nepalese people have been killed since the anti- government insurgency erupted in the Himalayan kingdom in February 1996.