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Bomb explodes at Myawaddy telephone exchange

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A bomb exploded at the entrance gate to the Myawaddy telephone exchange about 8 a.m. on Thursday. No one was injured.

The Friendship Bridge in Myawaddy, a border town which has been the scene of recent bombings and fighting between ethnic troops and the Burmese army. Photo: AFPThe office is located about 100 feet from the township police station in No. 4 Ward. The town, located on the border with Thailand, has experienced a string of bombings recently.

‘People living in the compound ran for cover as soon as they heard the explosion’, a local resident who lives near the office told Mizzima.

No communication equipment was damaged, and police sealed off the area.

On Wednesday, a bomb exploded on a Rangoon to Mandalay express train near Naypyitaw, the capital, which left two people dead and nine injured, according to the state-run New Light of Myanmar. The bomb exploded in the third coach in ordinary class behind the engine at about 3:55 p.m., ripping off the roof of the coach.

On Tuesday, a bomb exploded at a telephone exchange in Mudon, killing one policeman and injuring one man.

In March, a bomb went off in Myawaddy near a police station and a Christian church; no one was injured.

On February 9, two people were killed when a bomb exploded at a teashop.

On November 8, heavy urban fighting broke out in Myawaddy between a faction of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and government troops.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 May 2011 17:55 )  

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