Small bomb explodes near Myanmar’s main city: police

YANGON (AFP) — A small bomb exploded near local government offices outside Myanmar’s main city of Yangon early Tuesday, though no casualties were reported, police sources said.

“A small bomb went off at the office of the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) in Shwe Pyitha township this morning. There were no casualties,” a police official told AFP.

The USDA is a pro-junta organisation blamed by Aung San Suu Kyi’s supporters for a series of attacks, including a deadly raid on her convoy five years ago that marked the beginning of her latest period of house arrest.

The Nobel peace laureate has spent most of the last 18 years confined to her home in Yangon.

Her National League for Democracy (NLD) party on Monday also accused the group of attacking her supporters on June 19 as they gathered to mark her 63rd birthday.

Fourteen people were arrested after USDA members and a militia beat the activists outside the party’s headquarters, NLD said in a statement.

The Tuesday bomb exploded around dawn at USDA offices inside a local government compound in Shwe Pyitha township, north of Yangon, said police, who declined further comment but confirmed no one was killed.

The blast follows two others in April in downtown Yangon, the country’s economic hub, which damaged cars but caused no injuries.

The junta blamed those blasts on an armed exiled student group, Vigorous Burma Student Warriors, who oppose military rule.

Other bombs and shootings since December have been blamed on ethnic rebels.

The Tuesday bomb is the first such incident since Cyclone Nargis hit two months ago, leaving more than 138,000 people dead or missing.

Myanmar has been under military rule since 1962.


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