Nepali Afghanistan

Dying In The Line of Duty: Nepalis in Afghanistan

Five Nepalis have been injured in the suicide bombing in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul. A tanker truck exploded in the diplomatic district of Kabul today, killing at least 80 people and injuring more than 300. Several embassies have been severely damaged by the blast.


Khukuris on sale at a Kabul market.

Photo: Kashish Das Shrestha

Major Nepali Fatalities in Afghanistan:

Aug 2004: Three Nepali military contractors were killed when a suicide bomber attacked DynCorp’s (American military contractor) office in Kabul.

April 2007: A roadside bomb in Kabul killed four Nepali guards. They were working as private security guards for a UN agency.

July 2009: Four Nepalis were killed in a helicopter crash in Kandahar. They were working for a NATO fuel supply company.

March 2011: Four Nepali guards were killed when demonstrators attacked a UN compound during a protest in Mazar-e-Sharif. The protest and the attack took place following the burning of the Koran in the US by an American pastor, Terry Jones.

May 2012: One Nepali guard was killed when a Taliban suicide bomber targeted Green Village, a fortified foreign camp in Kabul, on the day American President Obama visited Afghanistan.

May 2013: Two Nepali guards were killed when Taliban attacked the IOM guesthouse in Kabul.

July 2013: Four Nepali guards were killed when Taliban suicide bomber targeted a foreign logistics company working for Nato forces in Kabul.

July 2014: A Taliban suicide bomber killed three Nepali security guards after he rode an explosives-laden motorcycle into an area occupied by trainers from DynCorp, located next to the Afghan Counter Narcotics Police on the outskirts of Kabul.

Nov 2014: One Nepali guard was killed when a suicide bomber tried to enter Green Village in Kabul.

June 2016: 14 Nepali guards working for the Canadian embassy were killed in a suicide bomb attack on their bus.