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Bomb blast at Indian government relief office in Nepal

Bomb blast at Indian government relief office in Nepal

The homemade device went off late Monday at Biratnagar, 200 kilometres (125 miles) southeast of Kathmandu and close to the Indian border. The security sources in New Delhi are citing inputs from the media in Nepal and said that a small explosion took place at Biratnagar at the India Embassy consulate office.

Police suspect involvement of a Maoist splinter group which had called a strike in the area, but no one has claimed responsibility for the explosion.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar said Indian embassy in Kathmandu was in touch with the Nepal government over the incident and that the security authorities in that country were investigating the matter. The report also said that cadres of a local political party could be behind the blasts.

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To assist smooth facilitation of the Nepali vehicles via Indian land from Biratnagar to Birgunj, India had temporarily set up the field office in Biratnagar. No one has been injured in the incident.

Dainik Nepal quoted Superintendent of Police Arun Kumar BC as saying that because of the explosion, the office wall on the west side was slightly damaged.

The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu has not made any remarks regarding the blast yet. Biratnagar is just six kilometers away from India-Nepal border.