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Two bombs explode in Rangoon

Apr 21, 2008 (DVB)-Two bombs exploded in different locations in the former Burmese capital Rangoon yesterday evening, damaging property but causing no major injuries, witnesses said.

An eyewitness said the first bomb went off just before 8pm in downtown Rangoon on the corner of Mahabandoola road and 36th street, in a drain near the ABC restaurant.

"The windows of the ABC restaurant were broken due to the impact of the explosion and a waiter's leg was injured," the witness said.

"Police and military intelligence officers arrived at the scene with sniffer dogs immediately and no one could go near them."

The second bomb was hidden under a car near the Traders Hotel and went off about an hour later, according to Associated Press reports.

The explosion sites were cordoned off shortly after the attacks by police officers investigating the blasts.

No one has so far claimed responsibility for the explosions, and the authorities have not yet announced any suspects.

The government issued warnings in the state media earlier this month that terrorists could be planning attacks during the recent Thingyan festival and in the lead-up to the 10 May constitutional referendum.

Reporting by Nay Htoo


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