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Lukla Airport briefly closed after bomb hoax

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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