Tuesday 22 October 2019

Four killed as extremist group bombs Kathmandu

A Nepalese soldier examines the aftermath of one of the blasts in Kathmandu. (AP Photo)
A Nepalese soldier examines the aftermath of one of the blasts in Kathmandu. (AP Photo)

Gopal Sharma

Four people have been killed and seven others injured in three explosions blamed on a Maoist splinter group in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu.

"Three people were killed on the spot and the fourth one died while undergoing treatment at a hospital," police official Shyam Lal Gyawali said.

He added that the nature of the blasts was now under investigation.

One person was killed in an explosion inside a house in the Ghattekulo residential area in the heart of the city.

"I heard a big noise and rushed to the spot to find the walls of a house had developed cracks due to the impact of the blast," 17-year-old student Govinda Bhandari said at the site of the first blast.

The second blast took place near a hairdresser's in the Sukedhara area on the outskirts of the city, where three people were killed.

The third blast, a crude device, went off near a brick kiln in the Thankot area of Kathmandu.

It injured two people, police said.

All of the seven injured people were taken to hospital for treatment.

A photographer at the site of the second blast said that it had shattered the door and window panes of the shop and the area had been sealed off by the army.

The police spokesman said they suspect that the blasts may have been the work of a splinter group of former Maoist rebels who are opposed to the government for arresting its supporters. "A pamphlet from the group has been found at the site of the first blast," Mr Gyawali said.

The house was used to make improvised or crude explosive devices by activists from the group, he said, adding that one of the injured people was a supporter.

Nepal emerged from a decade-long civil war in 2006 and the main group of the former Maoist rebels has joined the party that now runs the government.

The breakaway group of former rebels carried out a similar blast in Kathmandu in February, in which one person was killed and two others were injured.

No one had claimed responsibility for the blasts last night.

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