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Two killed in Nepal blast as PM vote nears
By Gopal Sharma
Reuters ; 2:09 AM
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Two people were killed and at least a dozen wounded when an explosion ripped through a church near the Nepali capital , police said, hours before the country’s parliament was set to elect a new prime minister.
The blast hit the Dhobighat suburb in Lalitpur, an adjoining town 4 km (3 miles) south of Kathmandu.
“The wounded people have been rushed to a local hospital and we are investigating,” superintendent of police Kedarman Singh Bhandari said. Police cordoned off the area, which was strewn with shattered window panes.
There was no claim of responsibility but a little-known Hindu group, the Nepal Defense Army, threw pamphlets around the site demanding Nepal be declared a Hindu state. Nepal became a secular state three years ago after a decade-long civil war ended.
Nepal’s parliament was due to choose a new prime minister later on Saturday after army chief.leader Prachanda resigned amid a row over his plan to fire his
Former Maoist rebel leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who still uses his nom de guerre Prachanda, meaning “fierce,” resigned on May 4 after President Ram Baran Yadav stopped him from firing General Rookmangud Katawal.
Prachanda accused Katawal of undermining the civilian government.
A loose alliance of 23 political parties is backing moderate communist Madhav Kumar Nepal for the job. Party officials said his election was a mere formality because the coalition controlled nearly 360 members in the 601-seat parliament.
He is from the moderate Communist UML party, second biggest group in the alliance, and is known for his ability to negotiate with rivals.