Nepal: Former rebels demand closure of army camp

Former rebels torched buses, vandalized vehicles and blocked roads in southwestern Nepal on Sunday to enforce a general strike demanding the closure of a local army camp, officials said. Markets were closed and public transport was halted in Kapilbastu district as the former communist rebels pressured authorities to close the Barpur village army base - which was set up during the peak of Nepal's communist insurgency, said Narendra Dahal, the chief government administrator in the area. The former rebels burned five buses and damaged seven others that had defied the strike call, and blocked the key east-west highway, Dahal said. Kapilbastu is about 250 kilometers (160 miles) southwest of the capital, Katmandu.