27 May 2019: The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has updated its advice for Australians seeking to travel or travelling in Nepal after three separate explosions claimed four lives in Kathmandu.
Nepalese authorities say crude materials were used to set off the blasts. “Pressure cooker bombs”, similar to the ones that reportedly exploded yesterday afternoon, were favourite killing machines of Maoist guerrillas in their pre-2006 fight against the then Royal Nepalese Army.
Although Australian government has updated its SmartTraveller website to include yesterday’s tragic events and caution Aussies about the latest security situation in the Himalayan nation, the level of threat itself has not changed. It is still Level 2 – “Exercise high degree of caution”.
Level 2 does not necessarily affect any travel plans potential Australian tourists might have already planned in Nepal. This threat level only means that the Australian government is urging its travellers to do their due diligence in researching threats and take extra precautions: “This level means that there are more or bigger risks in this location than what you would typically find in a large Australian city”.
“Exercise a high degree of caution in Nepal. Pay close attention to your personal security at all times. Monitor the media and other sources about emerging security risks,” reads DFAT’s updated travel advisory for Nepal.
According to Nepal Police, three explosions took place yesterday afternoon with three deaths in the first explosion on the outskirts of Kathmandu city while the fourth victim died in the hospital after being caught up in a separate explosion.
Local media reports suggest police suspect the bombers themselves could have been caught up in the explosions as they were setting up their explosive device.