Nepal expresses 'shock' over killing of security guards in Kabul

File photo: Nepal Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli. Photograph:( Getty )

AFP Madhyamanchal, Nepal Jun 20, 2016, 11.17 AM (IST)
Nepal's Prime Minister said on Monday that he was shocked by the deaths of 14 security guards in a suicide bomb attack on their bus in Kabul, as his government made plans to fly their bodies back.

Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli said his government strongly condemned the attack, which also wounded five Nepali citizens and four Afghans.
"I express my heartfelt condolences for the victims," he tweeted.

"I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured in the suicide attack in Kabul. Nepal government strongly condemns the Kabul incident."

Nepal's foreign ministry said it was working to repatriate the bodies of the victims, who were employed by the private security company Sabre International to guard the Canadian embassy in Kabul.

Authorities said around 3,300 Nepalis were currently working in Afghanistan as security guards.

A number of them are former soldiers with the Gurkha brigades of the Indian and British armies.

Four Nepali guards were killed in a 2011 attack on a UN compound in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif.