Twin blasts injure six in Nepal

August 7th, 2008 - 12:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Kathmandu, Aug 7 (DPA) Two bomb explosions in the western Nepali city of Pokhara injured six people and sparked panic among residents, media reports said Thursday. The bombs went off within 20 minutes of each other late Wednesday in the commercial district of the city about 180 km west of Kathmandu, the Kantipur newspaper reported.

The bombs were placed in public places within a half kilometre of one another, the newspaper quoted police as saying.

A child was among the injured in the blasts, which damaged a house in the city where tourists organise treks into the Annapurna mountains.

The Terai army, a group that claims to fight for the Madhesi ethnic group’s right to self-determination, claimed responsibility for the blasts.

The group was involved in similar bombings at bus stops in September in Kathmandu, which killed three people.

The Kaski district police office said it had yet to make an arrest. The bombs did not cause extensive damage or casualties, it said, because they occurred after most shops had closed.

Additional police were deployed in the city, and they were searching bags and other belongings and frisking people, news reports said.

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