WASHINGTON -- The State Dept. updated its existing travel warning
for Nepal as Maoist threatened to "use increasingly violent
methods, including possible attacks or other actions against
American citizens" if peace talks with the "Government of Nepal are
not forthcoming or are unsuccessful."
The department said U.S. citizens could be targeted particularly
in parts of the country controlled by Maoists.
"On a number of occasions, Maoists have burned or bombed tourist
resorts after the foreigners staying there were given short notice
to evacuate," according to the travel warning. "Maoists also
detonate bombs periodically within Kathmandu itself. Several bombs
have exploded in Thamel, a tourist hub."
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