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12 killed in 2 separate accidents in Gulmi and Udaypur

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GULMI/UDAYPUR — At least 12 people were killed and 13 others have been injured in two separate road accident in Gulmi  and Udaypur on Monday.

A microbus, Ba 4 Kha 5501, with 15 people on board heading to Tamghas from Butwal veered off the road and plunged some 300 meters down into the river at Gulmi Durbar Rural municipality-4 Birbas in the district this afternoon, according to inspector Keshav Bhattarai of the Area Police Office, Ridi.

Eight people were injured in the incident. The injured are being taken to Shringa Health Post, Palpa after preliminary treatment.

Likewise, at least five persons died on the spot and 5 others sustained injuries after a jeep they were travelling on, fell below the road in Katari Municipality -11 of Udayapur district this afternoon.

The Tata Sumo jeep (Na 1 Ja 3104) heading to Okhaldhunga from Katari of Udayapur district plunged about 500 metres onto a rivulet channel killing four passengers aboard and injuring five others at Lakse Thanti Pahiro, at around 1:00 pm today, according to the Superintendent of Police (SP) Nawaraj Bhatta at the District Police Office, Udayapur.

A team of security personnel deployed from the Katari-based Area Police Office have rescued the injured passengers.

Police have presumed that the incident may have occurred due to the brake failure. However, the driver of the ill-fated vehicle fled the scene after the accident.

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Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa narrowly escapes explosion at party rally

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HARARE — Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly escaped injury in an explosion on Saturday which has rocked a stadium where Zimbabwe’s president was addressing a campaign rally, with state media calling it an assassination attempt but saying the president was not hurt.

President Mnangagwa was whisked to a state house in Bulawayo, where he had been speaking ahead of next month’s historic election, the first since longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down.

The explosion occurred as the president, accompanied by other politicians, was walking off the stage at the White City stadium after addressing thousands of supporters in advance of next month’s vote.

Mnangagwa, the 75-year-old leader of ZANU-PF, was not hurt and taken to safety, officials said. However, witnesses said several people were injured, including the Vice-President.

Several others including number security personnel, the wife of fellow Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, the environment minister and the deputy speaker of parliament also suffered wounds.

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