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Nepal bans citizens from working in Afghanistan

(Last Updated On: June 26, 2016)

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Nepal has banned its citizens from working in Afghanistan and has urged Canada on how and under what circumstance Nepali security guards were employed at its embassy in Kabul.

13 Nepali workers were killed and 6 others injured on June 20 in PD9 of Kabul city when a Taliban suicide bomber targeted their minibus on the way to their job at the Canadian embassy.

The country has also requested Canadian authorities to ensure the safety and security of other Nepalis still working with the countries’ diplomatic facilities in Afghanistan, The Himalayan Times reported on Monday.

A total of 147 Nepali security guards used to work at the Canadian mission in Kabul and at least 24 of them have returned home after the attack.

One of the returnees, Satya Narayan Shrestha of Lamjung has told The Himalayan Times that other Nepalis also wanted to return home as soon as possible because of security risks.

He claimed that the Taliban — which has claimed responsibility for the attack — had asked money from Sabre International, a British security consultancy firm and warned they would ‘eliminate’ the Nepali guards in case they failed to get it. “They targeted us because the company refused to give money and took their warnings very lightly,” he said.

Immediately after the attack, the Afghan Ministry of Interior announced that 5 Afghan civilians were also injured in the attack on Nepali security guards minibus.

Taliban has always used suicide bombers as a weapon of their choice to target Afghan security forces and their foreign allies in Afghanistan.

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