Blasts rock southern Nepalese town

Updated on May 23, 2007 12:17 PM IST
A series of explosions rip through a town in southeastern Nepal injuring at least two people, police said.
HT Image
HT Image
IANS | By, Kathmandu

A series of explosions ripped through a town in southeastern Nepal injuring at least two people, police said on Wednesday.

At least half a dozen crude bombs went off at different locations late on Tuesday night in Janakpur, 130 kilometres southeast of the Nepalese capital, injuring a man and his wife who were standing nearby, police said.

The blast targeted the town's main square, market areas and a local police post.

However, there was no major damage and the number of casualties was minimized because the markets and public squares were deserted due to the late hour.

A breakaway faction of the Maoists, Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (JTMM) claimed responsibility for the blasts, saying they were a warning to the country's top political leaders visiting the town.

A statement issued by the group said the explosions were a warning specifically to Mahadev Kumar Nepal, the leader of the Communist Party of Nepal - Unified Marxist Leninist.

The statement accused Nepal of being "anti-Madhesi." The Medhesi is an ethnic group of Indian origin that is predominant in the region.

The JTMM, which broke away from the Maoists nearly two years ago, has been involved in low-level insurgency in the region, demanding independence for Terai. It has rejected several calls by the government to hold a dialogue to end the violence.

The blasts are the latest in a series of violent incidents to hit the restive southern Nepalese plains, known as Terai, which has seen growing lawlessness.

Terai is a narrow strip of flat and fertile land bordering India, which caters to much of Nepal's agricultural needs. At least 65 people have died in violence in the region since the beginning of the year.

Most of those killed have been ethnic Madhesi people demanding greater political representation and an end to what they say is years of discrimination by successive rulers in Kathmandu.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    Mexican President proposes peace commission led by 3 leaders including PM Modi

    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is planning to submit a written proposal to the UN to create a commission, made up of three world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to promote a world truce for a period of five years, MSN web portal reported. The Mexican President proposed that the top commission should include Pope Francis, the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and Indian PM Narendra Modi.

  • Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest points from Taiwan, in Fujian province on August 4, 2022. (AFP)

    In major policy shift, China says it will take Taiwan by force if necessary

    China on Wednesday, in only its third white paper on Taiwan since 1993 and the first after President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, said it will not “renounce” the use of military force to bring the self-governed island under its control as its armed forces concluded the largest ever exercises around the island but announced that it will conduct regular patrols in the region.

  • The new animal origin virus is in the same genus as the Nipah virus, and so far these cases have not been fatal or very serious. (Bloomberg File Photo/Representative image)

    New zoonotic virus found in China, 35 known cases of infection: Study

    A new animal origin virus, which could infect humans, has been discovered in two provinces in China, scientists from China and Singapore have said in a new study. At least 35 such cases have been recorded in eastern China's Shandong province and central China's Henan province, said the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on August 4.

  • An Air Force pilot navigates an aircraft next to a fighter jet under the Eastern Theatre Command of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) during military exercises in the waters and airspace around Taiwan, at an undisclosed location on Tuesday. (REUTERS)

    On the Taiwan question: China refuses rule out use of force in reunification bid

    China on Wednesday, in its first white paper on Taiwan since President Xi Jinping came to power, said it will not “renounce” the use of military force to bring the self-governed island under its control, reiterating the threat to use force as its armed forces continued to hold the largest ever exercises around the island. Beijing hasn't announced when the current series of drills will end.

  • Infamous during their first reign for their brutal crackdowns on rights and freedoms, the Islamists vowed to rule differently this time. Picture taken on August 9, 2022.

    One year into Taliban rule- misery and disease conquer Afghanistan

    A year on, why Afghanistan remains a critical global issue Over the past year, would-be donors have grappled with the conundrum of funnelling fresh funding to the ailing nation, which the Taliban rebranded the "Islamic Emirate" in line with their austere theocratic beliefs. "How do you provide assistance in a country where you don't recognise the government?" asked Roxanna Shapour of the Afghanistan Analysts Network.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now