Myanmar mall bombing kills 1, injures 9

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Myanmar Blast: The explosion was from an “artisanal mine”.

A bomb blast in a busy area of ​​Myanmar’s commercial hub, Yangon, killed one person and injured nine others on Tuesday, police and junta authorities said.

The Southeast Asian country has been in turmoil since a military coup toppled the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi, with anti-junta groups regularly clashing with the military.

The blast happened around 3:20 p.m. local time (0850 GMT) near a bus stop in Yangon’s downtown district, a police source said on condition of anonymity.

Footage released by local media showed passers-by tending to several injured people lying on the ground, and what appeared to be blood on the sidewalk.

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A local volunteer paramedic who arrived on the scene shortly after the blast told TAUT his team had transported two seriously injured people to hospital.

Security forces later discovered an unexploded grenade near the site of the blast, the police source said.

A man in his 30s died of his injuries after being taken to hospital and nine others were receiving treatment, the junta’s information team said in a statement.

The blast came from an “artisanal mine”, he said, blaming the attack on fighters from the “People’s Defense Forces” – groups that sprung up to fight the bloody crackdown on the army against dissent.

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No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

A shadow government dominated by lawmakers from Suu Kyi’s ousted party, and which is working to reverse the coup, condemned the explosion.

“We strongly condemn this terrorist act targeting civilians,” his defense ministry said in a statement.

Turmoil

Across the country, there are almost daily killings of low-level junta officials or suspected informants, with murky details and military reprisals often following quickly.

In a separate statement, the junta said a bomb blast in Nawnghkio in northern Shan state killed the principal of a primary school and injured seven others.

Local media also reported on the explosion, with footage showing damaged walls and debris strewn across the floor.

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TAUT was unable to verify the information.

Most of the violence occurred in rural areas, although anti-coup fighters also targeted officials and infrastructure in towns and cities.

Last November, a senior executive of Mytel – a telecommunications company between the Burmese army and Viettel, itself operated by the Vietnamese army – was shot dead outside his home in Yangon.

And in August, anti-coup fighters shot and killed five policemen on a commuter train in Yangon.

More than 1,800 people have been killed and more than 13,000 arrested in the junta’s crackdown on dissent since the coup, according to a local watchdog group.

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