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Minor explosion outside Indian embassy office in Nepal's Biratnagar; reports of ISI's involvement
An explosion occurred near the Indian embassy consulate office in Biratnagar, the industrial capital of Nepal on Monday night. In the blast, a wall of the complex has been damaged though no injuries have been reported.

Quoting sources, a report by CNN-News18 has said that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) could be behind the attack, and that the agency has also been planning similar attacks on Indian embassies located elsewhere.

As per reports, the bomb was planted by two motorcycle borne youths but no arrest has yet been made though the security in the area has been increased. The office in Biratnagar is a temporary office that houses the Indian consulate. The Indian consulate office was shifted here after floods struck Nepal.

As per a report in the Hindu, no one was present inside the campus when the blast took place. The report also said that cadres of a local political party could be behind the blasts. The party had called a bandh in Biratnagar on Monday.

Dainik Nepal quoted Superintendent of Police Arun Kumar BC as saying that because of the explosion, the office wall on the west side was slightly damaged.

The blast comes after India and Nepal are trying to normalise ties. Nepal's Prime Minister KP Oli was recently in India on a three-day state visit to strengthen the diplomatic ties between the two countries. He was received by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and later also met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India and China are competing with each other to increase their influence on Nepal, a country of much strategic importance and the key to becoming a stronger superpower in the region.

More details about the story are awaited.

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