At least two people were killed and five wounded in a bomb attack near government offices in the Nepali capital Kathmandu on Monday, police said.
"A bomb blast killed two people and injured five in an area near government offices and the district court. The explosion occurred at 1:25pm (0740 GMT)," said Nepal Police spokesman Binod Singh.
"A special team of police have been deployed in the area. They are gathering evidence and the area has been cordoned off."
Live television television pictures broadcast after the attack showed blood spattered across the road while police cleared panicked office workers from an area surrounding one body.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
"There was a sudden explosion while we were talking and we ran for cover," a witness told News 24 TV.
Nepal has enjoyed an uneasy peace since rebel Maoists waged a 10-year war against the government until a peace deal was struck in 2006.