Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Blast at Indian camp office in Nepal being probed

Blast at Indian camp office in Nepal being probed

The Indian embassy in Nepal's Biratnagar was attacked on Monday night, damaging a wall, media reports said.

Morang district's Superintendent of Police Arun Kumar said the blast caused minor damage to the wall and that the police are investigating the case, the Kathmandu Post reported. Army spokesman Colonel Vijay Thapa said the blast was caused by a crude bomb made in a pressure cooker.

No one injured in the explosion that occurred near the outer wall of Indian consulate camp office around 8.20 PM. There was no one in the office during the explosion, PTI reported. But we suspect the splinter group Biplab Maoist to have hand behind the blast, ¿ he added.

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 party had called a general strike in Biratnagar yesterday. Nepal has in recent years criticised what it sees as Indian interference in agitation by some ethnic minority people in Nepal campaigning for greater political and economic rights.

The security near the site has been beefed up after the blast.

Biratnagar is the industrial capital of Nepal and 6 kilometres north of the border of Bihar.

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