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Two held in Bihar for assaulting foreigners with bamboo sticks

Two youths were arrested in Bihar's Nalanda district Thursday for assaulting and attempting to rob two foreign tourists a day earlier, police said

"We will chargesheet the two youths soon," Nalanda Superintendent of Police Jitendra Rana told IANS over the phone.

He, however, refused to divulge their names.

US citizen Alex, 26, and Curlyo, 24, from France, were assaulted in Rajgir in Nalanda district, about 100 km from here.

According to police, a group of people attacked them with bamboo sticks and tried to snatch their bags, mobile phones, digital cameras and credit cards.

He added that police have launched a manhunt to arrest the other culprits.

Nalanda District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Agrawal said that seven to eight police assistance booths will be set up in Rajgir for tourists.

Nalanda, an important tourist hub of the state, is the site of the 2,500-year-old Nalanda University, considered to be one of the world's first residential varsities.

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