Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has spoken out following a string of bomb explosions in Rangoon and central Burma over the last few days, which has left four people dead and several injured.
“The public may be worried, but I believe that our people know how to keep a cool head,” she told reporters in Naypyidaw following Tuesday’s parliamentary session. “These [bombings] are deliberate attempts to cause public panic and it is important for people not to fall into the trap.”
Burmese police have stated that they believe the various bombings in Rangoon, Mandalay and Taungoo are related, but to date the authorities have not accused any group or organisation of planting the devices nor has any organisation claimed responsibility for the attacks.
According to an official address by state media on Tuesday, two suspects have been identified.
Saw Myint Lwin is being questioned for his suspected role in a spate of bombings to hit Rangoon, including Monday’s attack on Traders Hotel that injured an American tourist. Another man, identified as Saw Tun Tun, is wanted for questioning in connection with the bombing of a guesthouse in Taungoo on Friday, which claimed two lives.
“This is a very unacceptable and inappropriate act and I know the authorities will carry on investigating to expose the culprits,” said Htay Oo, the general-secretary of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party. “It is very inappropriate and very unproductive during efforts to reform the system. I don’t see that this has anything to do with the efforts to amend the constitution, but only the culprits will know their motive.”
Deputy Information Minister Ye Htut said the bomb blasts will not interrupt the current peace process.
“Since both sides are determined to establish peace, we are looking to an agreement, signed by November, as per the president’s expectations,” he said. “As these are separate matters, the [bombings] will not harm the peace effort. If we delay, it will make the culprits’ objective successful and we won’t let that happen.”