Seven blasts hit Rangoon

Sept 17, 2009 (DVB), Seven blasts hit industrial zones in Burma's former capital of Rangoon yesterday evening, according to local authorities who said the number of casualties is yet to be verified.

Five explosions were heard in the Hlaing Tharyar industrial zone on the outskirts of Rangoon at around 11pm last night, police said.

The area is home to the Max Beverages factory, a cigarette factory and a bulldozer rental shop.

Following the incident, another explosion took place in Shwe Paukkan industrial zone's Jona garment factory at around midnight.

The final explosion took place in a glass factory in Mingalardon industrial zone. Police in Mingaladon township said no one was injured in the incident and the authorities were still searching for the culprit.

According to an official in the area, damage was minimal, and no suspects have been brought forward.

The last bombing in Rangoon occured in March this year on the eve of Burma’s annual military parade.

The bomb went of at a guest house in the city’s North Okkalapa township, killing one man and injuring two women.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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