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One killed in Shan state bombing

Burma woke up this morning to news that yet another bomb blast had taken a life, this time in the northern Shan state town of Namhkam which lies close to the Chinese border.

Local police confirmed to DVB that three bombs were detonated in the centre of the town: one at 10:45pm on Wednesday; one at 7am on Thursday; and at 7:30am. One person was reported dead and one injured.

Staff at Namhkam hospital confirmed by phone that seven people were admitted for treatment following the bombings, while another source told DVB that a further person was admitted to hospital in nearby Muse.

The Namhkam bombings follow a spate of recent explosions and defused bombs in Rangoon, Mandalay, Taungoo and Sagaing. A total of three persons have now been killed in the attacks. No group has claimed responsibility, however at least one suspect is in custody.


President’s office Minister Ye Htut said on Thursday that a press conference would be held on Friday to address the incident.

Ahead of flying to Europe, Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi spoke out over the bombings.

“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.”


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