Maoist rebels try to deal with better trained and armed police and soldiers by staging attacks on small bases, or check points. For the base assaults, several hundred rebels are usually assembled. This is not easy, as the army and police patrol regularly, and many Nepalese are willing to inform on the rebels, and tell police where large numbers of rebels were seen. Smaller attacks, using a dozen or so rebels, against police and army check points, are also more common. These are also tricky, because most of the Maoist gunmen are teenagers kidnapped and brainwashed into joining.