Victims' kin heading to Tribhuvan International Airport. (Republlica)
KATHMANDU, June 22: A flight of the Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) with bodies of 12 Neaplis killed in the Talibani suicide bomb attack has taken off from Kabul International Airport.
The kin of victims have reached Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) after having heard that the bodies of their family members are being brought in a special chartered flight.
The flight will land at 2:30 pm at the TIA in Kathmandu this afternoon, said a source at the Corporation.
Prime Minister KP Oli is preparing to go to TIA to receive the bodies. According to a source at the PM’s personal secretariat, PM's all the other programs have been canceled due to his scheduled visit to TIA.
The security personnel from Nepal Army, Nepal Police, high ranking officials at Immigration Department based at TIA have been informed on PM’s visit to TIA.
24 returning to Kathmandu by NAC flight
Nepal government had sent a special chartered plane to Kabul at 3:30 am today to fetch the bodies of 12 Nepalis killed in Talibani suicide bomb attack.
Other Nepali citizens who wish to come back home in the same flight could also be accommodated in the plane to the possible extent, Bharat Paudel, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, had said.
Tirtha Raj Aryal, Nepal’s acting ambassador to Pakistan, to Kabul had coordinated with the hospitals and Afghan authorities for medical evacuation of the injured Nepalis as well as for bringing the dead bodies to Nepal.
The NAC source said 24 people are returning to Kathmandu in the flight. “The bodies are loaded in a cargo,” said a NAC source,” as many as 24 Nepalis are returning by the same flight.