Bomb blast kills three in Shan state

Bomb blast kills three in Shan state

A bomb blast in northern Shan state’s Kunlong township on Tuesday left three people dead and two others injured, according to police spokesman Brig-Gen Win Khaung.

“The explosion went off around 2:45pm alongside the Hsenwi (Thenni) – Chin Shwe Haw Highway,” he said. “Three people were killed and two others injured. One of the victims is a member of the [Burmese] armed forces.”

He said a bulldozer belonging to construction firm Asia World was destroyed in the explosion and added that police were investigating to determine who might be responsible for the attack.

In 2010, Asia World Co Ltd signed a deal with Chinese firm Hanergy to undertake a hydropower project in the Kunlong area.

In October, the Shan state town of Namhkam was targeted by bombers; one person was killed and one injured when three bombs went on over a 12-hour period in the town which sits close to the Chinese border. No one was arrested for the crime and no group or person has taken responsibility for the attack.

The Namhkam bombing followed a string of bombing incidents that month in Rangoon, Mandalay and Taungoo. No evidence has suggested that all or any of the bombings were connected.

A Karen man has been charged in connection with the Taungoo blast.

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