Nepal arrests suspects for bombing mosque, church

Two suspects, including the head of a pro-Hindu group blamed for bombing a church and mosque, have been arrested, a government official said.

Nepal arrests suspects for bombing mosque, church

Two suspects, including the head of a pro-Hindu group blamed for bombing a church and mosque, have been arrested, a government official said on Monday, a day after a blast killed three people in the country's southwest.

Home (interior) Ministry Spokesman Ratna Raj Pandey said Ram Prasad Mainali, head of the pro-Hindu group Nepal Defence Army that claimed a church bombing in May, was arrested on Saturday near the southeastern town of Biratnagar.

"He is being brought to Kathmandu for more interrogation," Pandey said.

The arrest came as an explosion in southwest Nepal on Sunday killed three people, including two children, police said without giving details.

The Nepal Defence Army had also claimed responsibility for bombing a mosque in southeast Nepal last year, killing three people, and is accused of a string of other blasts.

Pandey said the chief of Ranabir Sena, another group, was also arrested in east Nepal on Sunday.

Both groups are among more than 100 armed organisations operating in Nepal, many fighting for the autonomy of the restive southern plains called the Madhesh, bordering India.



Reuters

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