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Nepal Government Raises War Death Toll བོད་སྐད།


Officials in Nepal say the government has raised the official death toll from the country's 10-year civil conflict to more than 16,000.

The new number of those killed in fighting between Maoist rebels and government troops is much higher than the initial estimate of 13,000. Officials said Tuesday the toll may continue to rise as the government investigates more cases from people claiming to have lost loved ones during the conflict.

They also said about 70,500 people were displaced during the Maoist revolt, with most having returned home.

Maoist rebels took up their insurgency in 1996 in an attempt to end the monarchy and establish a communist state. The rebels gave up fighting in 2006 and joined a peace process under U.N. supervision.

Nepal declared itself a republic and abolished its long-standing monarchy last year.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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