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Kabul memorial

Friday, July 8th, 2016
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Canadian Ambassador Deborah Lyons (L), Indian Ambassador Manpreet Vohra (R) and the Commander of the Gurkha Force at the inauguration of a permanent memorial to the 13 Nepali and two Indian guads killed in a terrorist attack on 20 June 2016. Photo: High Commissioner of Canada, New Delhi

The Canadian Embassy in Kabul has held a memorial service for the 15 security guards, 13 of them Nepali, who were killed by the Talibans in a bomb blast last month.

Canadian Ambassador Deborah Lyons and Indian Ambassador Manpreet Vohra also unveiled a permanent memorial for the fallen guards at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul. However, no representative from the Nepal government was present at the occasion.

On 20 June, 12 Nepali and two Indian security guards perished instantly when a bomb went off in a moving bus in which they were travelling to the Embassy.  The Talibans immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing. The death toll reached 15 when Chyangwa Tamang, a Nepali who had been wounded in the attack, died two days later. The men had been hired through a British security company to guard the Embassy.

Three days after the bombing, a Nepal Airlines plane brought back all the remains, except Chyangwa’s, from Kabul. Twenty-four Nepali guards who were working in Kabul also returned home on the same flight.

That same week, the Nepal government imposed a ban on the entry of Nepali migrant workers into Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya.

 

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