Bodies of 12 Nepalese guards killed in Kabul returned home

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Posted: Jun 22, 2016 7:52 AM

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The bodies of 12 Nepalese security guards killed by a Taliban suicide bomber in Afghanistan's capital earlier this week were returned home to Nepal on Wednesday.

Grieving relatives and top government officials including Nepal's prime minister received the bodies Wednesday at Kathmandu's airport.

Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli assured the relatives that the government would help them.

The Nepal Airlines chartered plane also flew back 24 other Nepalese security guards who worked with the ones killed. They quit their jobs and decided to return home, saying they feared more attacks.

"We are not safe there anymore and there are more threats against us now. We have no security and can carry weapons only when inside the Canadian embassy during duty hours," said Ishing Tamang, who had been working in Afghanistan since 2011 and now vows never to return.

Fourteen people were killed in the attack, including 12 Nepalese citizens. The remaining two are believed to be Indians.

The bomber struck a minibus that was carrying the guards to work Monday morning.