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Three injured after motorbike explodes near military academy

Two military personnel and a civilian were injured after a motorbike exploded over the weekend in Pyin Oo Lwyin near the country’s Defence Services Academy (DSA).

The city’s police department said they have found no evidence that the blast was planned.

“As far as we’ve learnt, the explosion was presumably caused by heat – we didn’t find any traces of explosives,” said an official at Pyin Oo Lwin Police Station.

“We are still investigating the details – the motorbike was blown to pieces and we are looking into how that happened.”

According to a local news reporter U Zaw, who was at the scene after the incident, a military cadet attending the DSA sustained a serious leg injury after the motorbike parked by the city’s sports stadium alongside the Lashio-Mandalay road in Pyin Oo Lwin blew up.

“It was quite a strong explosion,” said U Zaw. “Three people; a military cadet, a sergeant and a civilian, who were walking by were injured.”

During a similar instance in 2011, a bomb was detonated in an empty house in Pyin Oo Lwin as explosives concurrently erupted in Mandalay and Naypyidaw on the same day.


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