Two killed, five injured in separate landmine explosions in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Jul 31, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A civilian and an armed police man were killed and five others injured on Sunday in separate landmine explosions, the Royal Nepalese Army said.

The landmine planted by the anti-government guerrillas exploded at around 10 a.m.( local time) when the locals in Dibarna area in Arghakhanchi district, some 400 km west of Kathmandu, were trying to reconnect the water pipes that had been cut off by the guerrillas, the Royal Nepalese Army Public Relations Directorate said in a press release.

The locals fell prey to improvised explosive device that was buried in the area. Of the three seriously injured, one succumbed to injuries while being airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment.

In a separate incident, an armed police man was killed Sunday morning in a guerrillas laid booby trap at Ismakot in Gulmi district, some 400 km west of Kathmandu, the army added.

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