Pro-statehood protesters attack police in west Nepal; 9 dead

Hundreds of security forces patrolled a west Nepal area Tuesday where ethnic protesters, demanding statehood, attacked police with spears and knives a day earlier leaving at least six officers and three protesters dead and many others injured. A curfew was imposed and policemen and soldiers were rushed to Tikapur, 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of Kathmandu, where the clashes happened Monday. Government administrator Raj Kumar Shrestha said authorities were in control of the town and surrounding areas and there were no protests or reports of curfew violations. At least 20 policemen were being treated in hospitals after being hurt in the clashes.



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