NEWS: Church Bombed Near Kathmandu

Two people were killed and fifteen injured when a Roman Catholic church in Nepal’s Lalitpur district was bombed this weekend. Though no one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, pamphlets from the National Defense Army, a Hindu extremist group, were found at the church. The group wants Nepal to be declared a Hindu state, as it was before the Hindu monarchy was disbanded in 2006. While religious violence is rare in Nepal, which is primarily Hindu with Buddhist and Christian minorities, the National Defense Army claimed responsibility for killing a Christian missionary in 2008. The two people killed in the church explosion were a 30-year-old Nepalese woman and a 14-year-old girl from India. Apparently the bomb was placed inside a bag, and went unnoticed until the bag was moved and the bomb exploded. Read more here.

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