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Two Indians killed in Nepal church blast

At least two Indian nationals, a teenage girl and a woman, were killed and 15 people injured on Saturday when a powerful bomb went off in a Catholic church here, the first such attack targeting a Christian shrine in Nepal.

world Updated: May 23, 2009 13:27 IST

At least two Indian nationals, a teenage girl and a woman, were killed and 15 people injured on Saturday when a powerful bomb went off in a Catholic church here, the first such attack targeting a Christian shrine in Nepal.

The explosion took place at the Church of the Assumption located in Dhobighat area in the Nepalese capital at 9.30 am local time, police said.

The deceased were identified as Alisiya Joseph (15) and Dipa Paitri (31), both hailing from Patna in Bihar, they said. Fifteen other people, including at least four Indian nationals, were also injured in the blast, police said.

The incident occurred when the worshippers were performing morning prayers in the church situated in Lalitpur district.

The injured Indians were identified as Sweety Singh, Binayak Kunwar, Buddhalaxmi Joseph and Father Rakesh - all from Patna. They have been admitted to the nearby Patan Hospital and Alka Hospital.

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