SURKHET, Aug 14: A group of cadres of the outlawed Netra Bikram Chand-led Nepal Communist Party detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) targeting Chief Minister of Karnali Province Mahendra Bahadur Shahi at Khigma area in Kalikot Pachaljharana rural municipality on Wednesday.
The IED was set off near the program venue when Chief Minister Shahi was addressing the program.
Chairman of Pachaljharana rural municipality Khadka Raj Sejuwal told Republica Online that the bomb was detonated in a nearby forest when the chief minister was addressing the program.
The police have launched an investigation into the incident, he said.
Chief Minister Shahi had traveled overland to Kalikot from Birendranagar earlier today, the district headquarters of Karnali Province.
Earlier in April this year, Chand-led cadres detonated the bomb in Rolpa when Chief Minister of Province 5 Shanker Pokharel was visiting the area.