Explosion rattles Rangoon amid tight security

Sep 25, 2008 (AP), Witnesses say an explosion went off in Burma’s main city amid tight security to mark the one-year anniversary of the junta’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

Witnesses say three people appeared to have been lightly wounded by today’s blast.

The explosion occurred around 10.30am local time (0400 GMT) at a bus stop near Rangoon’s City Hall, which was central to the protests led by Buddhist monks a year ago.

Riot police have poured into the area and sealed it off with yellow tape. Security has been tight in downtown Rangoon ahead of the anniversary.

At least 31 people were killed when troops fired on protesters on 26-27 September 2007, violently crushing the peaceful uprising against the military government.

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