Incident Summary:

03/21/2004: Nepalese Communist Party (Maoist) members attacked a small town in Bedi, Nepal. During the attack, the Maoists bombed a bridge, looted a state-owned bank, bombed local administrative offices, freed prisoners from a local jail, and bombed an airport. Government forces battled confronted Maoists in long battle, which reportedly killed 500 Maoists and 18 security personnel and wounded 200 Maoists and 16 security personnel.

GTD ID:
200403210001

When:
2004-03-21

Country:
Nepal

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Central

City:
Dhading district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Nepalese Government
Specific Description Government infrastructure in the town of Bedi, Nepal
Nationality of Target Nepal
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
The specific explosive and gun types used in this incident was not reported.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The Agence France Presse reported that there was no immediate way to verify the death toll offered by the military. Previous claims by Nepal's armed forces of inflicting massive casualties during the eight-year insurgency were rarely been independently confirmed.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Communist Party of Nepal- Maoist (CPN-M) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 518 Fatalities / 216 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 518
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 500
Total Number of Injured 216
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 200
Sources
Kedar Man Sing, “2 Deadly clashes in Nepal as Maoists storm Nepal town, bomb airport,” Agence France Presse, March 21, 2004.
“AFP: Clashes in Nepal Reportedly Leave 500 Maoists, 18 Soldiers, Police Dead,” Hong Kong AFP, March 21, 2004.