A series of three explosions occurred in Kathmandu on May 26, killing four people and injuring seven others. The blasts in Nepal’s capital mark an end to over a decade of peace since the conclusion of Nepal’s civil war in 2006. There is concern that Sunday’s explosions could signify the beginning of another period of unrest in Nepal as tensions between Maoist rebels and the nation’s government resurface, and action must be taken to preserve peace in the nation.
Police in Kathmandu are still investigating the incident and are looking further into the details and nature of the blasts. However, they have released some general information about the event to the public. Police official Shyam Lal Gyawali told Reuters that “three people were killed on the spot and the fourth one died while undergoing treatment at a hospital” as a result of the blasts, and witnesses reported that the explosions also caused significant damage to city buildings. 17-year-old student Govinda Bhandari stated that “[he] heard a big noise and rushed to the spot to find the walls of a house had developed cracks due to the impact of the [first] blast.”
After experiencing over a decade of peace since the end of its civil war, Kathmandu residents have been victims of two explosive attacks in the past four months, and these blasts could potentially catalyze more violent disruption in Nepal. The event should be taken as a warning by Nepal and its allies, and immediate action should be taken to ensure that further uprising does not ensue. Although it is still undetermined who is responsible for Sunday’s blasts, the event should still be addressed by Nepal’s government in order to prevent more violent attacks. Without negotiations between the people responsible for the explosions and the Nepalese government, similar blasts may continue and Kathmandu residents could be in long-term danger. If this is the case, Nepal could face another long-lasting period of conflict with no end in sight, which would bring immense suffering to the nation’s 29 million residents.
Sunday’s blasts are the second set of deadly explosions in Kathmandu since February, where a Maoist splinter group set off similar explosive devices. Police suspect that the same Maoist group is responsible for the Sunday’s explosions; Gyawali noted that “a pamphlet from the group has been found at the site of the first blast.” Besides this other attack, Nepal has been relatively peaceful since the conclusion of a decade-long civil war. The war broke out when Maoists rebelled in attempt to establish a communist republic, and it ended when the rebels agreed to sign a peace deal in 2006. This peace deal gave Maoists significant legislative power and has restored democracy. However, violence broke out again on Sunday after many years of peace. The first and third explosions occurred in the middle of the city, and the second occurred near a hairdresser in the outskirts of Kathmandu. A report by the BBC stated that the initial blast killed one person, while the second blast caused three additional casualties and the third blast injured one other. In response to the explosions, security forces are on high alert for an upcoming general strike organized by the Maoist group, and police have arrested 12 individuals in connection to the attack.
These explosions could mark the potential unravelling of the peace agreed to between the Maoist rebels and the Nepalese government. It is important to preserve Nepal’s current peace and stability, despite the threat of a small group of Maoist rebels. It is essential to ensure that the group is prevented from carrying out any further attacks in Nepal, as these blasts pose a significant threat to the peace that Nepal has enjoyed for over a decade.
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