Police in Nepal say Maoist rebels have gunned down a district administrator in the western part of the country.
Authorities say Balananda Kafle was shot and killed Monday outside his home in Bardiya district, some 520 kilometers west of Kathmandu.
Meanwhile, an 11-day rebel road bloakade ended today (Tuesday). It was called to protest King Gyanendra's seizure of power February first. He dismissed the government and suspended civil liberties.
The Maoist rebels are seeking to replace Nepal's constitutional monarchy with a communist state. Their violent campaign has claimed more than 11-thousand lives since 1996.