REUTERS:Blast in central Yangon, four injured – police

YANGON (Reuters) – A suspected bomb blast outside City Hall in military-ruled Myanmar’s main city, Yangon, injured four people on Thursday, a policeman at the scene said, on the eve of the first anniversary of a bloody military crackdown.


“It seems to have been a small bomb, but we are still carrying out investigations,” the policeman, who did not want to be identified, told Reuters.


The injured were a man and three women. The officer said they were not thought to be seriously hurt.


Armed police and soldiers immediately sealed off the area, a focal point of the massive protests a year ago led by Buddhist monks against decades of army rule in the former Burma.


At least 31 people were killed in the military crackdown launched on Sept. 26, 2007.


With the anniversary looming, security in the former capital has been unusually tight, with armed police and soldiers patrolling the streets and setting up vehicle checkpoints.


The area around City Hall and the Sule Pagoda, where the daily protest marches ended, has been under particular surveillance by dozens of police and plain-clothes security officials.


Myanmar has been under military rule since a 1962 coup.

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