Three bombs explode in Kathmandu: 4 dead. Maoists suspected
The devices were placed in three districts at a great distance. Extremists reportedly left a flyer at sight of first explosion. In 2006, a peace agreement was signed between Maoist rebels and security forces.
Kathmandu (AsiaNews / Agencies) - At least four people were killed and seven others injured in three separate explosions that shook the capital of Nepal. The bobms were detonated yesterday in three districts of Kathmandu at different distances from each other. Although so far no one has claimed responsability for the attacks, investigators suspect that the Maoists are behind the violence despite being largely dormant since the end of the civil war.
Yesterday's explosions represent a new source of concern in the Indian subcontinent, marked last month by the massacres in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Shyam Lal Gyawali, a police officer, reports that three people died instantly, while the fourth victim died during transport to the hospital.
According to witnesses, the first explosion occurred inside a house in the residential area of Ghattekulo, in the heart of Kathmandu, and killed one person. The second bomb was placed in a hairdressing salon in Sukedhara, a north-eastern suburb, causing the death of three people. The third rudimentary bomb detonated near a brickyard in the Thankot area, causing the injuring of two suspected accomplices who were transporting the bomb.
The police let it be known that a flyer was found at the site of the first explosion, which would point to Maoist groups. The Himalayan country was marked by a bloody civil war between Maoist rebels and security forces (1996-2006), ended with a peace agreement (the Comprehensive Peace Agreement) signed before the United Nations. In 2008 that agreement led to the abolition of the absolute Hindu monarchy after 240 years of reign and the creation of a secular democracy. In 2015 the first democratic constitution was approved, which however did not moderate the conflicts between the parties and the high corruption that characterizes politics.