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Nepalese killed in attack on UN compound in Afghanistan identified

Kathmandu, April 04, 2011- Four Nepalese Nationals  killed in attack on UN compound in Afghanistan identified and process of  bringing their bodies are under way through Nepalese Embassy in Pakistan as reported.

The four Nepali nationals who were killed along with UN workers from Norway, Sweden and Romania in an attack on a UN compound in northern Afghanistan Friday afternoon have been identified.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the deceased Nepali men working as security guards in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif have been identified as Min Bahadur Thapa of Belchutara, Tanahun district, Chabi Lal Purja of Myagdi district, Narayan Bahadur Thapa of Butwal, Rupandehi district and Dil Bahadur Gurung of Kaski district.

The four were killed in the attack carried out by angry mob protesting in front of the UN office against the reported burning of the Muslim religious book Quran in Florida, USA, last month. Among the deceased, Dil had succumbed to his injuries on Saturday.

The UN had hired the Nepali security guards through a local security company, IDG Security Afghanistan.

The government has already informed the family of the deceased security guards about the incident.

It was initially reported that five Nepali men were killed in the attack described by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon as “outrageous and cowardly.”

Reports quoted Deputy Chief of Mission at the Nepali Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, Durga Bhandari as saying that two Nepali nationals who were inside the office at the time of the attack are safe.

He said the Embassy officials are trying to send the bodies of the Nepali security guards within a couple of days.

Reports also said the each deceased Nepali nationals will get at least US $ 100,000 as insurance claim including compensation from the UN and the contracting company.

Thirteen persons including five Nepali security guards, three UN workers and five had died in the incident.

Quoting local police officials media reports said “two of the killed UN staff were beheaded.”

Local residents said about 2,000 demonstrators attacked UN guards stationed outside Unama compound, seized their weapons and began firing at police.

Even the government ban of working or visiting Afghanistan, sum of 40 thousand or more Nepalese are working in the Afghanistan as security guards, kitchen helpers or private security. Nepal does not have embassy or any other diplomatic relation with Afghanistan and no direct air flights as well.

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