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Bombs explode nearly simultaneously in Mandalay, Naypyitaw, Maymyo


Chiang Mai (Mizzima) -Three powerful bombs exploded within minutes of each other in Mandalay, Naypyitaw, the capital, and Maymyo on Friday.

This was followed by a second bomb explosion in Mandalay a few hours later.

Military officers investigate after a bomb explosion destroyed a parked car  in front of the Zaygyo Hotel in Mandalay on Friday, June 24, 2011. At least one person was injured in the blast. Photo: SytmhoneThe first bomb exploded at noon in downtown Mandalay.  The bomb was placed in a Pajero sports utility vehicle with the license plate number 3B-1904 parked in front of the Zaygyo Hotel.

One traffic police officer was injured, according to a fire brigade officer in the city.

‘The car was entirely destroyed’, he told to Mizzima. An eyewitness said firefighters were stopped by high-ranking military officers who told them, ‘It is none of your business’.

‘I thought it was a thunderstorm because the explosion was so loud’, a resident told Mizzima.

An eyewitness said that he saw ambulances take two injured people from the scene.

A second bomb blast went off in Naypyitaw at 12:30 p.m. when it exploded at No. 46, Shwelabkaung Street in Thapyaygone Quarter. No other details were available.

About the same time on Friday, a third bomb blast destroyed the upper floor of a two-story house in Quarter 4 in Maymyo. The area is home to a large number of military schools. Rumours in the town claim more bombs have been planted and security check points have been strengthened, according to residents.

The fourth bomb is reported to have exploded in a rubbish dump in Mandalay at about 3 p.m. The area, about 800 feet from the earlier explosion, was cordoned off by security forces two hours prior to the bomb going off.

Residents gather at the scene of a bomb explosion which destroyed a two-storey home in Quarter No. 4 in Pyin Oo Lwin, or Maymyo, on Friday, June 24, 2011. Photo: Mizzima Bomb explosions occurred at nearly the same time in Mandalay, Naypyidaw and Pyin Oo Lwin, or Maymyo; the top of a two-storey house in the rear was destroyed. Photo: Mizzima Residents gather at the scene of a bomb explosion which destroyed a home on Shwelabkaung Street in Thabyaykone Quarter, Takkon Township, in Naypyitaw on Friday, June 24, 2011. Photo: Mizzima Residents gather at the scene of a bomb explosion which destroyed a home on Shwelabkaung Street in Thabyaykone Quarter, Takkon Township, in Naypyitaw on Friday, June 24, 2011. Photo: Mizzima Debris from a bomb explosion which destroyed a parked car in Mandalay on Friday, June 24, 2011. About the same time, bombs also went off in Naypyidaw and Maymyom. Photo: Mizzima

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 25 June 2011 14:51 )  

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