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Bomb explosion in Rangoon

Jan 14, 2008 (DVB), A woman was injured in a bomb explosion in Rangoon yesterday afternoon, the third bomb attack in three days following two explosions in Naypyidaw and Bago division on Friday.

An official from the ticket department at Rangoon railway station said the bomb exploded at the junction of Sule Pagoda road and Bogyoke Aung San road, near the station’s ticket counter.

"At around 2.30pm, a bomb exploded at the advance ticket counter across the road from the railway station," said the official.

"It didn’t sound that loud and no one was killed."

A vendor near the explosion site told DVB that government officials and soldiers arrived on the scene immediately after the explosion and evacuated the area and set up road-blocks.

"They cleared out the area immediately and no one was allowed to go near it. So we couldn’t see how many people were actually hurt," said the vendor.

"Road-blocks can be seen everywhere on the road and the soldiers were checking all the passing vehicles until late in the evening."

Earlier attacks near the new Burmese capital Naypyidaw and in Bago division left two people dead and four others injured.

The first took place at Pyinmanar railway station near Naypyidaw at around 4am on 11 January.

The explosion killed one woman, who was believed to have been the bomber and to have set off the device accidentally.

The same evening, another bomb exploded in Phyu township, Bago division, killing one man and leaving three women and a child injured.

According to the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper, the military regime has blamed the Bago explosion on the Karen National Union, though no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The newspaper said that both of Friday's attacks used identical US-made explosives, and claimed they were masterminded by "a major group from abroad that is desirous of practising hegemony over Myanmar".

Reporting by Maung Too


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