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Hindu Religious Leader Shot Dead in Nepal

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Nepalese officials say suspected Maoist rebels have killed a prominent Hindu priest while he was performing a religious ceremony. Police say at least three gunmen opened fire on Narayan Prasad Pokharel early Friday in the southwestern town of Butwal. The victim was the Nepalese head of the World Hindu Council. Police say they do not know the motive for the killing. Officials also accused the Maoists of murdering three Nepalese soldiers captured in November. Authorities say they plan to give pictures of the bodies to U.N. human rights officials. The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Christina Rocca, plans to visit Nepal Monday for talks with King Gyanendra. The king seized absolute power in February, accusing the former government of doing little to stop the Maoists.
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