From The Nepali Press
Rajdhani, 20 September
FROM ISSUE #215 (24 SEPT 2004 - 30 SEPT 2004) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Despite their repeated commitments to the Geneva Convention, the Maoist rebels continue to misuse school premises as war zones. One of the latest examples was in a higher secondary school in Jajarkot district. Roughly a dozen rebels disguised as students entered the school on 19 September. When security personnel began frisking students at the entrance after receiving information that rebels had entered the school, two of the 12 began brandishing pistols as students ran for cover. The rebels then opened fire on the soldiers outside the school premises, and one soldier was injured during the shootout. After firing several times, the rebels fled from the back door of the school. "We could have retaliated and killed them," said a security official, "but we did not do so because we were concerned about the student's safety."