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Several government employees including some Nepali guards dead as blast hits minibus in central Kabul: Reports

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Several persons were killed and wounded when a minibus carrying government officials was hit by a bomb blast in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, Reuters reported, citing police and witnesses.

Conflicting reports claimed there were foreign nationals inside the vehicle.

A witness described seeing multiple victims and two injured individuals. The victims were reportedly being rescued from the mangled vehicle.

There was some uncertainty about the identity of the victims. One police official at the scene said the yellow bus had been carrying government employees to their offices in the city.

Another said the passengers may have been Nepali security guards.

Meanwhile, Ariana News said that Nepali guards were inside the targeted minibus.

Twitter reports claimed that it was a suicide bombing and that the vehicle targeted was used by foreigners.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the blast, which occurred during Ramadan, Islam’s holy month.

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Over 20,000 drivers taken action through CCTV monitoring

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KATHMANDU— The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has effectively launched monitoring of vehicles plying on the road through close circuit (CC) camera in Kathmandu valley.

Traffic Police are keeping a close watch on drivers to check whether they are following the traffic rules or not.

A total of 20,024 drivers of various vehicles faced action based on such monitoring. The police begun this bid since 2073 BS and it has become effective so far, said SSP Basanta Panta of the Traffic Division.

Most of the cases were related to violation of the traffic lane and driving on ‘one way’ roads, he added.

The police are monitoring the traffic activities through 460 close circuit cameras installed at the Division Office, Ranipokhari.

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