February 13, 2000
KATHMANDU, FEBRUARY 12: A Russian-built helicopter belonging to a private airline was set on fire and destroyed early today, police said.
Authorities claim the attack was the handiwork of Maoist insurgents who have been waging what they call a “people’s war” for the past four years.
According to details published in the evening Nepali language daily Mahanagar, a group of Maoists overpowered four security guards shortly after midnight in Jiri, about 100 km east of here. The newspaper quoting the Jiri village chief, Nurbu Sherpa, said the Maoists then tied the guards up, poured petrol into the cockpit of the helicopter and set it on fire. They then freed the security guards and fled the scene.
The police said they arrived at the scene early this morning and made initial arrests but were unable to nab the real culprits, the newspaper reported.
Today marks the fourth full year of Maoist insurgency in Nepal during which more than 1,100 people have been killed.
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