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Bodies of helicopter crash victims found in Nepal

By Xinhua

Kathmandu : Bodies of 12 persons, killed in Monday’s crash of a helicopter of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) in Ramechhap district in eastern Nepal, have been recovered, the home ministry said Tuesday.

Ten of the 12 bodies were mutilated beyond recognition, said the ministry in a press release.

Additional rescue team from Kathmandu has been sent to the site and identification of the bodies is underway, it said..

The helicopter was returning to Kathmandu from a cantonment site of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (CPN-M) in Sindhuli district, some 80 km east of capital Kathmandu when it lost contact with the ground, said the mission in a press release issued Monday.

The UNMIN is monitoring the peace process in Nepal.

In November 2006, the then Nepali government and CPN-M signed the comprehensive peace accord, and CPN-M arms were confined in seven main cantonments and 21 satellite camps monitored by the United Nations.