Nepal witnesses increasing bombs attacks, left alliance and NC candidates targeted

With the first phase of parliamentary and provincial elections less than ten days away, a bomb exploded near Pathibhara Jungle at Chyanam in Sunkoshi Rural Municipality-7 of Okhaldhunga district on Saturday morning.

The bomb was exploded targeting a vehicle carrying the cadres of the left alliance. The cadres were heading towards district headquarters to take part in a programme.

In another incident, a bomb was found at Thadoline in Besisahar of Lamjung district on Saturday. Police said that a bomb disposal team of the Nepali Army has already defused the bomb. The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which was planted near the gate of District Community Hospital was defused at around 10 am today. The bomb was kept inside a carton of the noodles.

Candidates and election rallies of the left alliance and the Nepali Congress (NC) are being targeted by unidentified forces.

The Kathmandu Post reported that explosive materials had been found in several parts of the country.

On Friday, an unidentified man hurled explosive devices at the vehicles of former House speaker Onasari Gharti and CPN (Maoist Centre) leaders Krishna Bahadur Mahara and Barshaman Pun along the Liwang-Satdobato road section in Rolpa. Maoist candidates Krishna Bahadur Mahara and Barsha Man Pun, who came under attacks during their campaigns recently, confronted fresh incidents on Friday.

The left alliance election publicity team was heading towards the district headquarters Liwang to address an election rally when unidentified persons hurled the explosive from a forest near the Bhadaure temple along the road section at around 11:45 am.

In another attack with bombs, an improvised explosive device (IED) targeted at senior NC leader Ram Sharan Mahat at Daandagaun Sigarechaur in Kakani Rural Municipality-5 in Nuwakot on Friday morning injured six people.

These incidents have created an atmosphere of terror for the candidates who are busy electioneering. In several places, security agencies are defusing explosive devices. On Friday police disposed of two pressure cooker bombs in Melamchi Municipality of Sindhupalchok.

Nepal Election Commission spokesperson Nabaraj Dhakal expressed serious concerns over the increasing bomb attacks. The Kathmandu Post quoted him saying, “This has made us serious. We have instructed security forces again to pay special attention to ensuring security.”

He said the poll authority was in regular consultation with Home Ministry officials and other security agencies on the matter.

Dhakal said security forces should preempt possible security threats, which “they are doing”.

Following the poll security plan, the Nepal Army has already established security camps in the districts. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba also looks after the Home portfolio.

Security agencies have perceived two threats: the Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal and possible clashes between the left alliance and the Congress. Top leaders of both the forces are fanning across the country for poll campaigns.

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