Maoist rebels in Nepal have bombed a Coca- Cola plant in the country, the second such attack on the soft drink giant in three months, Agence France-Presse has reported today.

Quoting police sources the report said the attack took place Sunday night at the US beverage company plant in Bharatpur, 180 kilometres (112 miles) south of Kathmandu. "The Maoists had taken the night guards under their control and blew up the bottling plant with a powerful bomb," a police spokesman said. No one was killed or injured in the blast.
Unofficial estimates put the cost of the damage at around US$130,000.

In January the rebels, who are staunchly anti-American, bombed the same plant, but caused little damage. In November they bombed Coca-Cola's other factory in Nepal, on the outskirts of Kathmandu.