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KATMANDU, NEPAL, July 7, 2001: A string of attacks overnight killed 39 police officers and a civilian at security posts across Nepal on the eve of the King Gyanendra's 55th birthday. It is the worst violence in the troubled Himalayan kingdom since last month's massacre of virtually the entire royal family by the crown prince, who then shot himself. Maoist rebels took responsibility for the attacks. It was also the highest number of police officers killed in one day since the Maoists began their rebellion over five years ago to try to topple the constitutional monarchy. The rebels have stepped up their violent campaign in the wake of the killings of the royal family. Officials say plans to to crush the rebellion have been hampered by a lack of political consensus.