The Government of Nepal has made public the identity of 12 Nepalis, among 14 people, who were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul on Monday.
Though it earlier said 14 Nepalis were killed in the suicide attack — alike international news agencies — the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed it could not confirm the identity of two other victims.
“We could confirm that only 12 out of 14 people who were killed in the attack are Nepali citizens,” MoFA Spokesperson Bharat Raj Paudyal, who earlier served as Nepal’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, said.
MoFA, however, gave seven names in the list of those injured in the incident. Earlier it was reported that five Nepalis and four Afghans were injured in the terrorist attack carried about by the Taliban insurgents.
Some of the Nepali victims had served in the Nepali security forces before going to Afghanistan, according to an official at MoFA.
According to reports, the suicide bomber blew himself off targeting a minibus ferrying the Nepali security guards. They were hired by a private British company to provide security to the Canadian Embassy in the Afghan capital.
Suicide bomb attack victims
Chandra Bahadur Rana Magar, Kathmandu
Amrit Bahadur Thapa, Lamjung
Dambar Bahadur Tamang, Nuwakot
Krishna Bahadur Dhungana, Chitwan
Suka Bahadur Gurung, Syangja
Jiwan Singh Thapa, Rupandehi
Madhusudan Koirala, Nuwakot
Bidur Bahadur Subedi Chhetri, Kathmandu
Lil Bahadur Gurung, Nuwakot
Nabin Bahadur Chhetri, Parbat
Akur Tamang, Sunsari
Hari Bahadur Baduwal Chhetri, Kathmandu
Prem Bahadur Chhetri, Morang
Chet Prasad Sherchan, Myagdi
Kumar Bahadur Gurung, Gorkha
Man Bahadur Thapa, Chitwan
Krishna Kumar Deuja, Chitwan
Amrit Rokaya Chhetri, Surkhet
Chyanwa Tamang, Nuwakot
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa wrote on Twitter that the Afghan Foreign Minister called him to express condolences over Nepalis’ death in the terrorist attack.
According to him, he has asked the Afghan government to help in the treatment of injured and the repatriation of victims’ bodies at the earliest.