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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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