State Dept. updates Nepal travel warning

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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