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Maoists recruiting children

KATHMANDU JULY 6. Maoist rebels have recruited several children and nearly thirty per cent of them fall in the age group of 14-18, a report on child soldiers has said.

``Thirty per cent of the Maoist guerillas are children between the age of 14 and 18. The recruitmeny of younger children cannot be ruled out,'' the report prepared by Amnesty International in association with Human Rights Watch said. Children are also reportedly used as messengers and spies and involved in cultural or propaganda activities.

Earlier, a report published by Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN) said over 90 children have been killed in connection with Maoist violence in the last six years. The report also criticised the Government for executing child soldiers after they were captured by security forces.

In May last year, a girl aged 17 from Kailali district was killed with five other Maoists in Urma village allegedly after being wounded and captured. Six young students, including four girls, were killed by police in Ankot village of Kavre district in March 1999.

— PTI

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