KATMANDU, Nepal, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Nepal's Maoist guerrillas broke a four-month-old cease-fire, killing 50 policemen and abducting 400 others across the Himalayan kingdom, reports said Saturday.
State-run radio said Maoist rebels raided dozens of police stations across western Nepal, which is the stronghold of the guerrilla movement, and killed at least 50 policemen and army troops in separate incidents.
Maoist rebels claim they have taken at least 400 people, mostly government officials, as hostages.
In the first daring attack on the Royal Nepalese Army barracks at Dang, about 250 miles from Katmandu, Maoist rebels shot and killed 11 soldiers and at least 24 policemen.
In the other major attack on a police station in Syangia, 120 miles northwest of the capital, 15 policemen were killed.
The rebels also bombed the district jail in Dang and freed all prisoners there.
Authorities sent additional troops to the violence-wracked region.
There are no reports of casualties on the rebels' side.
Nepal's Maoist rebels, who model themselves on Peru's Shining Path guerrillas, are fighting to replace the constitutional monarchy with a communist republic.
Nepal's government led by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Maoists had agreed in July for a truce and the two sides had exchanged several prisoners.
The Maoists have been fighting since last five years to set up a Communist Republic or a new constitution. More than 2,000 people have died in the uprising.