Blast in Rangoon suburbs

by Mizzima News
Thursday, 26 March 2009 22:47

New Delhi (Mizzima) – A minor explosion occurred on Thursday in the suburban town of North Okkalapa in Rangoon, police and sources said.

There were unconfirmed reports of two people having died.

Officers of the Rangoon division police station said, they were alerted that a blast had occurred in a guest house in North Okkalapa. They refused to elaborate saying the explosion is still under investigation.

But an official at the General Hospital in North Okkalapa said the blast occurred at about 4: 30 p.m. (local time) in a guest house.

“I heard that two people died,” the official said, but he declined to confirm it as he had not witnessed the incident.

The North Okkalapa Police, when contacted, denied knowledge of the blast.

Sporadic blasts have occurred in Rangoon, Burma’s former capital and commercial city. And in many cases, the government has pointed fingers at dissidents and armed rebels, who are based along the Thai-Burma border.

On March 3, two explosions occurred on the same night at a busy bus terminus and near a park in Sanchuang Township. However, no casualty was reported.

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