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Nepal’s acting envoy to Saudi injured in knife attack

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SAUDI ARABIA — Nepal’s Acting Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Ananda Prasad Sharma, was assaulted with a knife at his office on Thursday by a fellow Nepali.

Laxman Bahadur Rai of Sunsari, who was taking shelter at the embassy, suddenly entered into Sharma’s office at around 11am and assaulted him with a knife, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Sharma was working at the Riyadh-based office while the assailant approached him, the Office of the Spokesperson at the MoFA said.

Police promptly rushed him to King Faisal Hospital. “He has received a deep cut injury on his shoulder and is out of danger. He might be discharged today itself,” an official at the embassy said.

The assailant is said to have mental disorder.

According to the embassy, Rai arrived in Saudi Arabia three months ago. “We gave him refuge at the embassy shelter after we found out that he was suffering from mental disorder,” the official informed.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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