Govt steps up efforts to bring bodies back home

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jun 21, 2016-

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa on Monday apprised Parliament of the deadly incident in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, in which 14 Nepalis were killed and five others were wounded. 

However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has confirmed only 12 names of those killed in the attack. A Taliban suicide bomber on Monday morning attacked a minibus carrying the Nepalis who were on their way to the Canadian Embassy in Kabul where they work. 

Terming the attack a crime against humanity, Thapa said diplomatic efforts have been stepped up to bring the bodies back and ensure that the injured get proper treatment, said Thapa. “Acting Ambassador to Pakistan Tirtha Raj Aryal has been asked to fly to Kabul to take stock of the situation and make arrangements to bring the bodies back,” Thapa said in Parliament. 

Deploring the incident, MoFA, however, said it was not a targeted attack on Nepali citizens. “Terrorists carry out various kinds of attacks, and we do not believe the attack was targeted at any specific group,” Bharat Raj Paudyal, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said. “There were other nationalities as well on the bus that was attacked,” he said, adding: “We do not see any reason behind targeting Nepalis.” 

A dedicated information centre has been set up at MoFA to ensure timely flow of information regarding the incident and help the family members of the deceased and the injured. Following the incident, Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani called Thapa and expressed condolence. Thapa has requested the Afghan government to assist in the treatment of the injured Nepalis and sending the bodies. 

the Deceased

Akur Tamang, Sunsari

Chandra Bahadur Rana Magar, Kathmandu

Hari Bahadur Badwal Chettri, Kathmandu

Bidur Bahadur Subedi Chettri, Kathmandu

Amrit Bahadur Thapa, Lamgjung

Sup Bahadur Gurung, Syangja

Dambar Bahadur Tamang, Nuwakot

Mudusudan Koirala, Nuwakot

Lil Bahadur Gurung, Nuwakot

Nabin Singh Chettri, Parbat

Krishna Bahadur Dungana, Chitwan

Jitendra Singh Thapa, Rupandhei 

Names confirmed by MoFA

Published: 21-06-2016 08:42

User's Feedback

Click here for your comments

Comment via Facebook

Don't have facebook account? Use this form to comment