Nepal police firing kills five protesters

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Five demonstrators died Tuesday after being shot by police in Nepal as anger deepened over the country’s draft constitution.

Police shot dead four people from the Madhesi ethnic minority in separate incidents in the south of the country.

Three were killed Tuesday after defying a curfew imposed in the town of Birgunj, 90 kilometres (55 miles) south of Kathmandu.

A fourth died in hospital Tuesday in Birgunj after being hit the day before.

Another man was killed in the nearby town of Kalaiya when officers fired into a crowd trying to set fire to a police station, said national police spokesman Kamal Singh Bam.