Two killed in Myawaddy blast

A man and a woman have died after several explosions occurred yesterday in the Burmese border town of Myawaddy, close to Thailand.

The first blast went off at around 5pm yesterday in the Lucky Seven teashop, which sits close to the Thailand-Burma Friendship Bridge. The second occurred after medical staff had arrived at the scene.

Five people, including the teashop owner and a customer, were injured, a Myawaddy resident told DVB.

“Apparently a man came and left a bag in the teashop,” said another local. “The first explosion came from the bag and the other explosions took place at the same spot.”

Three members of the local Border Guard Force who were under the Friendship Bridge were also reportedly injured in the attack.

No one has claimed responsibility.

Myawaddy became the epicentre of heavy fighting last year between Burmese troops and a breakaway faction of the once-loyal Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA). Stability along the Thai-Burma border has since remained shaky.

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