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Explosion occurs near bridge in Myitkyina


Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – An explosion near a toll road station occurred near the Balaminhtin Bridge that crosses the Irrawaddy River in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, on Tuesday. The city has experienced numerous bombings in recent months.
 
A explosion in an orphanage in Myitkyina, Kachin State, killed 10 people and seriously injured 27 on Sunday evening. Photo: Hkra U/ MizzimaThe explosion in Sitapu Ward was heard about 6 p.m. Some residents said they believed it was a mortar shell that landed near a building owned by the Ministry of Transport. No injuries were reported.
 
Residents said downtown Myitkyina and the area around the university are noticeably quieter and people are concerned about leaving their homes.
 
“People are nervous. They avoid crowds. This morning there was a wedding ceremony, but there was a very poor turnout,” said one resident.
 
Another person said, “When it’s getting dark, we feel afraid.”

A eyewitness said that he saw debris left by the bomb blast at the orphanage compound of Dayaung Tangoon in Thida Ward, where a bomb blast hit on Sunday night, killing 10 people and injuring 27.
 
After the blast, the cement floor of the house had a hole one foot deep, he said. Meanwhile, unconfirmed rumours have spread that Dayaung Tangoon has been tortured during his interrogation at the Myitkyina police station.

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 ( Wednesday, 16 November 2011 21:59 )  

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