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4 Killed and 7 Injured in Three Explosions in Nepal

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7Dnews London

Mon, 27 May 2019 10:25 GMT

Four people were killed and seven others injured on Sunday, May 26th in three blasts in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, police said. They said they suspected a Maoist splinter group might be behind the blasts, Reuters has reported.

"Three people were killed on the spot and the fourth one died while undergoing treatment in hospital," police official, Shyam Lal Gyawali, said, adding that the nature of the blasts was under investigation. 

One person was killed in an explosion inside a house in the residential district of Gatikulu 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, told Reuters at the site of the first blast. The second blast occurred near a hairdresser's shop in the Sukhidhara area on the outskirts of the city, where three people were killed. All seven were taken to hospital.

A photographer working for Reuters at the scene of the second explosion said the blast shattered the glass of the shop's door and windows and the army closed the area. Police said the third blast, which was caused by an improvised explosive device, occurred in the area of Tankot in Kathmandu, injuring two people.

Police officials said the security services suspected the explosions might have been carried out by a splinter group of the former Maoist rebels, which opposes the government because of the arrest of its supporters. "A booklet of the group was found at the site of the first explosion," one official said. 

A 10-year civil war by Maoists in Nepal ended in 2006 and the Nepalese Communist Party now runs the government, the Communist party (Mao Centre) having been dissolved in 2018 after merging with the Marxist-Leninist party. A separatist group of former Maoist rebels carried out a similar explosion in Kathmandu in February, killing one person and wounding two others. 

No one has claimed responsibility for the May 26th explosions.