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Fire partially damaged priest’s residence and part of Assumption Cathedral in Kathmandu

Arson attack on church in Nepal

Part of the Assumption Cathedral building in Kathmandu that was burnt April 18. (Photo supplied) reporter, Kathmandu

April 18, 2017

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Arsonists attempted to set on fire Assumption Cathedral in Kathmandu, the first public Catholic worship place in Hindu-majority Nepal.

Father Ignatius Rai, pastor of the cathedral parish said the incident occurred around 3 a.m. on April 18 when "unknown persons" broke into the church premises.

They started a fire that partially damaged the priest’s residence and the western part of the church. A car and two motorbikes were also completely burnt.  No casualties were reported.

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