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Narrow escape for Nepal Minister

Kathmandu Aug.22. Nepal's Deputy Home Minister, Devendra Raj Kandel, today escaped a possible Maoist attack on his helicopter.

The helicopter, in which Kandel was carrying relief material for the victims of Wednesday's landslip, had to be diverted to Manthali airport as the rebels clashed with the Army in nearby Dolakha district, the Home Ministry sources said. ``Had the Army personnel not arrived on time, the group of armed terrorists with 40-50 militants would have hit our helicopter,'' Mr. Kandel said when contacted. ``After the fighting, the Maoists ran away and we headed towards the landslip-hit village,'' he added. — PTI

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