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Pressure-cooker bomb explodes outside Indian consulate office in Nepal

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu/New Delhi 

In a rare attack on a foreign mission in Nepal, a pressure-cooker bomb exploded outside the office of the in the country's eastern city damaging its wall but no one was hurt, police said today.

The went off last night at Biratnagar, 200 kilometres from

The bomb was triggered by an unknown group in an open space behind the building and created a small hole in the wall, the police said.

However, has not yet issued any formal statement on the incident.

in the in a statement in said that was in touch with the government over the incident and that the security authorities in that country were investigating the matter.

"A minor explosion took place along the rear boundary wall of the camp office of embassy of at Biratnagar, at about 20:15 hours on April 16. No one has been injured in the incident," Kumar said.

Sources in the security establishment in said the explosion caused a hole of around 1 feet by 1.5 feet in wall of the consulate towards the secluded rear side of the office building.

They said no one was in the office at the time of the explosion.

The camp office of the consulate was set up during the floods in and north

Investigating officers suspect that cadres of a local political group have caused the blast. The party had called a general strike in yesterday.

A of said it was investigating to find out who caused the blast.

The security around the has been stepped up after the incident.

is the industrial capital of Nepal and 6 km north of the border of

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 18:05 IST