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Lukla Airport briefly closed after bomb hoax

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KATHMANDU — A bomb hoax has forced the Tenzing-Hillary Airport, commonly known as Lukla Airport, in Solukhumbu district in eastern Nepal to close early today.

Authorities shut the airport briefly for security check after a chit that read “Bomb Here” was found, according to police.

Fear grasped the Airport when a chit with ‘bomb inside’ was found while unloading the plane.

Police conducted a detailed inspection of the plane and its cargo after the scare but found no explosive or suspicious items. But no explosive or other suspicious material was found yet, said Inspector Pushkar Bogati at the Solukhumbu District Police Office.

The airport lies on the lap of Mt Everest, and is considered the gate way to the world’s highest mountain.

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Girl raped in Mahottari

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GAUSHALA — A 13-year-old girl of Aurahi Municipality in Mahottari district has been raped on Sunday evening.

Police Inspector at Gaushala-based Area Police Office, Bhola Bhatta, said that two local youths — Rakesh Sada and Ritik Sada, both 15 years of age — allegedly raped the girl when she had gone to wash utensils at a nearby rivulet.

Police have arrested Ritik while Rakesh has been absconding after the incident.

Meanwhile, necessary investigation into the case is underway, said police.

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