Maoist rebels attacked Magalawa, the district headquarters of Sarlahi, kidnapping a few including Chief District Officer Bodh Raj Adhikari; army helicopter ‘crashed/gunned’ down
Reports, yet to be confirmed officially, said that at least five security personnel, three rebels and two civilians were killed while the rebels attacked Magalawa, the district headquarters of Sarlahi. The rebels simultaneously attacked District Police Office, District Administration Office, Armed Police Force Base, Royal Nepal Army’s Security Base and Security Bases at Nawalpur at 9:00pm yesterday, the release from Directorate of Public Relations of RNA confirmed.
An army helicopter MI-17 crashed at Kholachaur while it was on the flight to help the fighting security personnel, the release said.
The Maoists claimed they had gunned down the helicopter with a pilot and 10 army personnel on board. “This is the first time that the People’s Army has shot down a helicopter,” the rebel’s statement reads.
Meanwhile, the family of CDO Adhikari have appealed for his immediate release and organized a press conference today afternoon.