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Police arrest owner of Myitkyina orphanage

Chiang Mai (Mizzima)  – The owner of a Burmese orphanage in Myitkyina in Kachin State in which 10 people died and 27 were injured in a bomb explosion on Sunday has been detained by police.

The AG Church compound in Myitkyina in Kachin State was destroyed in a bomb blast on Sunday, killing 10 people and seriously injuring 27 people. Photo: Hkrum UDayaung Tangoon, 48, was arrested in Katha Township in Sagaing Region and transferred to Myitkyina on Tuesday morning.

When the bomb explosion took place, Dayaung Tangoon was traveling with Christian pastors, according to reports.

"His is locked up in legs," said a friend. "They suspect that he was conducting a bombing campaign.”

The explosion at his house in Thida ward in Myitkyina in northern Burma killed two of his sons, one grandchild, four orphans and three refugees, who had fled a neighbouring town to escape the fighting between government troops and the rebel Kachin Independence Organization (KIO). A funeral service for the victims was held on Tuesday.

Body parts were blown out of the house due to the powerful explosion, according to local residents, who said earlier that two men riding a motorcycle threw a parcel into the orphanage compound before the blast occurred. No one has been arrested or claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Dayaung Tangoon was a mentor of the Myanmar Martial Arts Group. His wife, who was among the 27 injured, is being treated in a Myitkyina hospital. Sources said the injured were not allowed to meet visitors.

A member of the Kachin Culture Organization and a teacher in a marching music band, Dayang Tangoon has received support from a well-known businessman, Yupzau Hkawng, the owner of the Jade Land Company, sources said.    

An article in the government-backed Myanmar Ahlin daily newspaper contained an unsubstantiated accusation linking other previous bombings in the town to Dayang Tangoon and speculated that a bomb went off inside his house-compound. The article also mentioned destructive acts by the KIO from June 2010 to November 2011.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 November 2011 20:25 )  

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