Man killed in bomb blast on Myanmar bus
YANGON (Reuters) – One man was killed when a bomb exploded on a bus in army-ruled Myanmar, newspapers said on Tuesday, the latest incident ahead of anniversaries that sometimes serve as flashpoints for dissent.
Another male passenger was wounded when the device exploded early on Monday as the minibus traveled from the eastern town of Kyaukkyi to the former capital Yangon.
The Myanma Alin newspaper blamed the blast on “insurgents resorting to various destructive acts with intent to jeopardize the stability of the state, community peace and tranquility by causing casualties and panic among the innocent people”.
Kyaukkyi is in Karen state, home to the largest of the rebel militias in the former Burma.
The junta normally points the finger at dissident groups, ranging from exiled pro-democracy activists to ethnic militias who have been fighting for greater autonomy or even independence for more than five decades.
The regime stepped up security measures in early July after a small bomb exploded at the offices of a pro-junta group, and ahead of several key anniversaries.
Martyrs’ Day on July 19 commemorates the assassination of General Aung San, the architect of the country’s independence from British rule and father of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Nobel peace laureate has been confined at her Yangon home for nearly 13 of the past 19 years, with her latest detention beginning in May 2003.
Another major date is August 8, the numerically auspicious 08-08-08 and 20th anniversary of an “8-8-88” student uprising crushed by the army with the loss of an estimated 3,000 lives.
The looming first anniversary of last September’s monk-led protests against the regime, in which at least 31 people died in a military crackdown, has seen increased surveillance of key Buddhist monasteries by junta spies.
(Reporting by Aung Hla Tun; Editing by Darren Schuettler and David Fox)
One killed, one injured in Myanmar bus blast
YANGON (AFP) — One man was killed and another injured when a bomb went off aboard a passenger bus headed to Myanmar’s main city, state-run media reported on Tuesday.
The explosion took place at 8:50 am (0220 GMT) on Monday, en route to the country’s economic hub Yangon, according to the official The New Light of Myanmar newspaper.
“One passenger died and another was injured in an explosion on a bus en-route from Kyaukkyi to Yangon,” the paper said, noting that authorities are investigating the blast.
The man who died was a 55-year-old named Khant, it said. A 46-year-old man named Pa Pa received a stomach injury in the blast which took place near Daik Oo town, 85 miles (135 kilometres) northeast of Yangon.
Authorities immediately blamed insurgents for the bombing.
“Insurgents have committed destructive acts to jeopardize the stability of the state, community peace and prevalence of law and order to cause panic among the people,” the paper said.
The bus journey started in Kyaukkyi near the border of Karen state where ethnic rebels have battled for decades against the military regime, who have run Myanmar since 1962, for autonomy in their region.
Earlier this month a small bomb exploded at the offices of the pro-junta Union Solidarity and Development Association on the outskirts of Yangon, causing no injuries but blowing a hole in the wall of the building.
Myanmar faces scores of organised resistance groups. Such small explosions are usually blamed on ethnic rebels or exiled dissident groups.
Bomb blast in bus kills one
Than Htike Oo
A bomb explosion in a bus traversing on the highway killed a man and injured one in Dike Oo Township yesterday morning.
The blast occurred in the outskirts of Deik Oo, Bago division in the rear of the the Kyauk Gyi- Rangoon bus, with the registration number 5kha-3644 on Monday at 8:05 a.m.
Khant (alias) Birokharnar (55) a resident of Kyauk Ta Da township Rangoon was killed and Parpar (46) was injured and admitted in the township hospital, according to the official newspaper Myanmar Ahlin.
“I saw the bus with the rear end damaged but it could still be driven,” a resident told Mizzima.
The bus was carrying 35 passengers. The police have started an investigation.
On July 1, a bomb exploded in an office of the pro-junta Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) in Shwe Pyi Thar but no one killed or injured. A radical armed organization called the Vigorous Burmese Student Warriors took responsibility for the bomb blast and warned of more attacks.