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Two bombs explode in Mon state

May 27, 2009 (DVB), Two bombs exploded near government buildings in the capital of Mon state this morning, following state-run newspaper reports yesterday on alleged bombing plots by exiled opposition groups.

According to police in the Mon capital, Moulmein, the first bomb had been planted in a drain in front of the government's Economic Bank, and was detonated at around 9 o'clock this morning.

Shortly afterwards, a second bomb exploded near the Forestry Department building. No one was injured in either attack.

"So far we have no report on causality and we are still investigating the case," said a police official on duty at Moulmein police station.

Yesterday, the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported that a bomb had been found aboard a train headed for Burma's capital, Naypyidaw.

Information was found, it said, which pointed towards student-group All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF), a member of the Forum for Democracy in Burma (FDB), as likely being responsible.

FDB General Secretary Naing Aung said however that the accusations were part of government plans to discredit opposition groups prior to the 2010 elections.

"[It is] also to prevent the public, who have awoken politically due to the current situation with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, from joining further anti-government movements," he said.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw and Aye Nai


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