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04/05/2011 NEPAL

Nepal, risk of attacks leads to tight security in Catholic churches

The pastor of the Kathmandu Cathedral has barred entry with bags in all the churches throughout the country. In the Terai region unknown assailants blew up three public administration vehicles, leaving one person dead and over 50 wounded. Suspicions of Hindu extremist groups active in the area.

 Kathmandu (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Catholics in Nepal fear more attacks by Hindu extremists, after a series of recent car bomb attacks against public officials in Terai (southern Nepal) that left one person dead and 50 wounded. On 3 April, Fr. Silas Bogati pastor of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Kathmandu asked all Catholics in the country not to bring bags inside churches. The priest is one of the witnesses of the attack at the Cathedral of Kathmandu, which occurred May 23, 2009 at the hands of Hindu extremists and killed three people.

" The recent blast of bombs at different public vehicles and other poses threat to us - he said - If you have to bring bags, let check your back by the church security personnel”. According to Fr Bogati all Catholic religious buildings are at risk and he has urged communities to enforce the new security measures.

So far the police have not yet managed to track down those responsible for three bombings in the region of Terai, where in recent years Hindu extremists linked to the Nepal Defence Army (NDA) have been active. The group is responsible for the attack on the Cathedral of the Assumption of Kathmandu, the attacks on the headquarters of the Central Party Congress on 11 August 2010 and the Birantnagar mosque on April 26, 2010. The group is also accused of the death of Fr John Prakash, rector of the Salesian school of Sirsya (Morang), killed by unknown assailants in July 2007.

See also

19/05/2017 10:14:00 NEPAL
Elections in Kathmandu: secular parties conquer extremism

The Hindu pro-monarchy party won in only one local unit. The Nepalese, majority Hindu, chose peace and coexistence with other religions.

04/06/2009 NEPAL
Attack on Kathmandu Cathedral: a 27 year old woman arrested
She confessed to having planted to bomb in the Church of the Assumption on May 23rd. She is a member of the extremist group the Nepal Defence Army. During her interrogation she said “I planted the bomb because I hate Christians, and all other religions, I love only Hinduism”. The police are now on the trial of other group members.

12/09/2009 NEPAL
The arrest of Hindu extremist Mainalo does not extinguish the fears of Nepali Christians
The terrorist is the head of the Nepal Defence Army behind last May’s attack on the Catholic Cathedral of Kathmandu. Fr. Robin Rai, pastor of the church hit by the bomb, thanks the government for “having done its duty. " But it warns: "This does not mean that threats and risks for Christians in the country are over”.

20/07/2010 NEPAL
Christians in Nepal from marginalized to political actors
Protestant and Catholic leaders want more space in institutions in response to political and economic stalemate that has afflicted the country for months. Bishop Sharma in Kathmandu, says: "No leader has displayed a genuine interest in people. It's high time for the Christians in Nepal to engage actively in politics".

16/03/2011 NEPAL
Kathmandu, high risk of attacks against Christians
The government under the Maoists blackmail has not yet appointed a new interior minister. Police warn of increased activity of Hindu extremist groups, but has no money to continue operations. Christians are afraid to go to church and prefer to pray in their homes.

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