(dpa) - At least six people were wounded when a bomb exploded in southern Nepal, where several armed rebel groups are active, media reports said Wednesday.
The bomb went off in a busy area of Birgunj city, about 90 kilometres south of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, on Tuesday evening, the Nepali daily Annapurna Post reported.
According to the newspaper, most of those injured were civilians passing through the area when the bomb went off.
Police also defused several other bombs in southern Nepal.
The newspaper quoted the police as saying a seven-kilogramme improvised explosive device was defused in the neighbouring district of Rautahat and a time bomb defused in Inarwa district.
The blast was the first since Nepal went to the polls to choose a constituent assembly that will draft a new constitution and ratify a decision of the interim parliament to abolish monarchy.
Despite the voting, several armed groups still operate in southern Nepal and have vowed to continue their violent struggle.
Several attempts by the government to bring the armed groups to the negotiating table have failed.