Man dies in bomb blast north of Myanmar capital
YANGON (Reuters) – A bomb killed a man in a town north of Yangon in the second of two blasts in or near army-ruled Myanmar’s capital over the weekend, police said.
The man was killed on Sunday in Shwepyitha Township, about 20 km (12 miles) north of Yangon.
“The bomb exploded at about 5:30 p.m. and one man was killed,” a police officer told Reuters late on Sunday, saying he could give no further information while an investigation was being carried out.
Another bomb had exploded at about 7:30 p.m. (2 p.m. British time) on Saturday on a football pitch in Yankin Township in northeastern Yangon, residents and police officials said.
Police had discovered the bomb but were unable to defuse it in time. No one was injured in this blast.
Bomb explosions are fairly common in the former Burma and the junta usually puts the blame on anti-government dissident groups, either armed ethnic groups fighting for greater autonomy or pro-democracy activists.
Four people were injured on September 25 when a bomb went off outside City Hall in Yangon the day before the anniversary of a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters.
(Reporting by Aung Hla Tun; Editing by Bill Tarrant)