UN condemns killing of civilians by Nepali guerrillas

KATHMANDU, Jun 17, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The United Nations System in Nepal on Friday expresses deep concern at the number of civilians reported to have been killed and injured this month due to the anti-government insurgency.

In a statement, the UN System particularly condemned the brutal murders of six family members of the Armed Police Force, including a one-year-old child, by the anti-government guerrillas this week in Nepal's far-western district of Kailali.

It also expressed "shock" on the significant number of civilian deaths and injuries resulting from the two recent attacks by the guerrillas on public buses, one in Chitwan district on June 6 and another in Kavre district on June 10, all in central Nepal.

A total of 39 people were killed and over 70 injured when a passenger bus was exploded by the guerrillas in Chitwan, while six security personnel and two civilians were killed when a bus was ambushed by the guerrillas in Kavre.

The statement reiterated the call of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on June 6 for an "immediate end to such utterly reprehensible tactics that expose civilians to danger in the conflict in Nepal."