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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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4 held with illegal pharmaceutical drugs

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SUNSARI — Police have arrested four people in possession of illegal pharmaceutical drugs at Dharan on Sunday.

Albert Gurung and Anish Tamang of Munal Chowk in Dharan-10, Nawaraj Gurung of Dharan-15 and Arun Chaudhary of Khanar in Itahari-11 were arrested on charge of smuggling and selling the illegal pharmaceutical drugs, according to the police.

The police arrested the accused during a routine check at Dharan-based Tinkune checkpost. The police have also recovered 630 ampules of nitrazepam, 140 ampules of nitrasone and seven bottles of dilex from the detainees.

The arrestees have been kept under the police custody for further investigation.

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