Tuesday, September 25, 2007

US Urges Nepal Travelers to Stay on 'High Alert'

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The US State Department on Monday urged citizens traveling to Nepal to stay on "high alert" following a series of bombings in the Himalayan kingdom.
The State Department renewed its May warning, urging Americans "contemplating a visit to Nepal to obtain updated security information before they travel."
"Nepal continues to experience sporadic incidents of terrorism and politically motivated violence in major urban areas," it said a statement, citing a triple bomb attack on September 2 in Kathmandu that killed three people.
"Nepal police believe that the improvised explosive devices were planted intentionally where people congregate, and in a moving microbus carrying passengers," it said.
"American citizens are reminded to remain on high alert, avoid public transportation ... and be cautious of unattended baggage in public places."
Two ethnic groups from Nepal's restive southern Terai claimed responsibility for three bombs -- one in a minibus, one at a bus stand and one outside Nepal's Army headquarters -- which detonated in near-simultaneous explosions.
Officials said two little-known ethnic groups from the southern region -- the Terai Army and the Nepal People's Army -- said they had carried out the attacks, which were condemned by Nepal's former rebel Maoists, who ended their decade-long civil war last year and joined the government earlier this year

Over 500 bombs defused in eastern Nepal

13:20, September 23, 2007

More than 500 bombs and improvised explosive devices were defused at the first Divisional Headquarters of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)'s "People's Liberation Army" at Chulachuli in eastern Nepal, The Rising Nepal daily reported on Sunday.
Deputy Commander of the cantonment Pawal said that the bombs were defused Friday afternoon with the help of the joint team of United Nations Mission in Nepal and bomb disposal specialists.
According to the daily, the bombs were used by the Maoists during the 11-year-old conflict ended in 2006.Pawal was quoted by the daily as saying that there were more bombs in the cantonments, some 240 km east of Kathmandu, and they would also be defused within a few days. Source: Xinhua

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