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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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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

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

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