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Eight injured in bomb blast in Nepal

At least eight people have been injured when a bomb exploded near an open-air theatre where the ruling seven parties were holding a mass meeting.

world Updated: Jan 15, 2008 02:40 IST

At least eight people were injured on Monday when a bomb went off near an open-air theatre in Kathmandu where the ruling seven parties were holding a mass meeting in support of Constituent Assembly elections to be held April 10.

The bomb exploded after the conclusion of the joint public gathering on Monday afternoon.

Two people were injured in the explosion while six were injured in the stampede following the explosion.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Last Friday, the Nepali cabinet, in the second amendment of the interim constitution of the country, decided to hold the Constituent Assembly elections on April 10. The ruling seven parties held a joint mass meeting on Monday afternoon in support of the elections.

According to the Comprehensive Peace Accord signed last November between the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and the Nepali government, the Constituent Assembly is to decide the fate of the monarchy and write a new constitution for Nepal.