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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2678

Nepal Christian community protests against bomb explosion in Church

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Kathmandu, 01 June, ( The Christian community in Nepal on Sunday held a rally in the capital city Kathmandu against the bomb attack in a Roman Catholic Church in Lalitpur district last week.

The rally was staged in Maitighar Mandala, the down town of the capital city, demanding that the government form a high level investigation committee to probe bomb explosion and book the guilty behind the gruesome act.

At least two persons were killed and 14 others injured Saturday morning when a pressure-cooker bomb went off inside a Catholic church at Dhobighat, Lalitpur, on May 23. The death toll in the bomb explosion reached to three with one more victim died on Sunday while undergoing treatment at a local hospital.

A little-known Hindu fundamentalist group, Nepal Defense Army, has owned up responsibility for the gory incident at the sacred site.

The armed group has demanded that the government revoked its decision to declare Nepal a secular state as over 80 percent people in the country follow Hindu religion.

Until a year ago, Nepal used to be only Hindu state in the world.

Eyewitnesses said the explosion at the Church of the Assumption occurred when a congregation of over 300 was about to start Saturday mass, and just a few minutes after an unidentified woman exited the prayer hall, leaving behind a bag.

The Church of the Assumption is the first and the biggest Catholic Church in Nepal. A large number of expatriates visit the church every Sunday.

- Asian Tribune -

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