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Nepal to send team to assess security in Kabul post attack

Updated: Jul 10, 2016 12:38 IST

Kathmandu, July 10 (ANI): The government has decided to form a team that would soon be sent to Afghanistan to make an assessment of the potential security risk faced by the Nepali migrants working there.

The decision comes after a Taliban suicide bomber targeted a minibus of security guards working at the Canadian embassy in Kabul and killed 13 Nepali guards.

Minister for Labour and Employment Deepak Bohara told the Parliament on Saturday that the team of officials would leave for Afghanistan soon.

"Following the incident, the government has issued labour permits to some working in green zones as they were on annual leave. Since questions are being raised about the security situation of even those working in green zones, we are planning to send a team in 8-10 days to find out the reality," the Kathmandu Post quoted Bohara as saying.

The security of an estimated 20,000 Nepali citizens, currently working in Afghanistan, has become a major concern after the tragedy.

So far, a total of 8,614 Nepalis have acquired the work permit for Afghanistan, according to the Department of Foreign Employment and the officials estimate a higher number of people going to Afghanistan through informal channels.

A few days after the attack, the Nepal Government imposed a ban on the citizens going to work in the war-torn country and has also been facilitating the evacuation of workers willing to return.

More than 50 Nepalis working as security guards have returned from Afghanistan following the attack. (ANI)

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