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One killed in Nepal government office blast

A crude bomb ripped through a government office in Nepal's restive southwestern plains on Monday, killing one person, police said.

world Updated: Mar 23, 2009 16:45 IST

A crude bomb ripped through a government office in Nepal's restive southwestern plains on Monday, killing one person, police said.

The blast went off at a transport department office in Nepalgunj, 321 km (200 miles) southwest of Kathmandu and in an area where a number of armed groups are fighting for regional autonomy and more say in running the central governent.

"The identity of the victim is not clear yet," inspector Pradeep BC, a local police official, said by phone, adding no one had taken responsibility for the blast.

Nepal has emerged from a decade-long civil war that ended in 2006, and the former Maoist rebels head a coalition government after a surprise victory in national elections held in April last year.