KATHMANDU, Sept 5: The government has started the process to repatriate the bodies of two Nepalis killed in Tuesday evening's suicide bomb blast in Kabul.
Officials at the Embassy of Nepal in New Delhi, which is concurrently accredited to Afghanistan, said they have already informed the families of the deceased in Nepal. Embassy officials said they have already started the process to repatriate the bodies in coordination with the insurance company concerned and the Afghan employer.
Although the Embassy officials declined to give details of those deceased, sources said those killed have been identified as Krishna Thapa of Chitwan and Chandra Pun of Rolpa.
The two Nepali nationals were among the 16 people killed in a Taliban vehicle bomb blast close to a housing compound used by international organizations. International media reports said at least 119 other people were injured in the blast.
Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the blast was caused by a tractor packed with explosives close to Green Village, a residential compound in eastern Kabul used by foreign staff of international groups including aid organizations, Reuter's report said.
The blast, which shook buildings several kilometers away, came just as Zalmay Khalilzad, the special US envoy for peace in Afghanistan was outlining details of a draft accord with the insurgent movement in a television interview.
Following major Taliban attacks on two northern cities over the weekend, the bombing in a heavily populated area of the capital added to questions around the peace deal reached between US and Taliban negotiators in the Qatari capital Doha, the report further said.