WEDNESDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 2010 13:33 S.H.A.N.
Two more bombs exploded last night at 01:20 and 02:20 respectively in Laogai, the capital of Shan State’s Kokang, barely 40 hours after twin bombs killed 1 and wounded 11 yesterday, according to SHAN sources on the Sino-Burma border.
The bomb blasts took place at the town’s Mei Hua Hotel near the World Food Program (WFP) office. There were no damages or injuries reported.
The Burma Army has accused Peng Jiasheng’s Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) that had gone underground following the Burma Army’s occupation last August for the blasts.
Down south, the United Wa State Army (UWSA) authorities have banned firecrackers throughout the ongoing Chinese New Year celebrations. “The people here unlike previous years, are observing the New Year quietly,” said a source in Panghsang. “But across the border in Meng A (Mong Nga) and Longhai, the fireworks are going off non-stop.”
Security measures in the ceasefire group’s controlled areas have been tightened up since last April, when the Burma Army demanded that they become part of the Tatmadaw (Junta-run national armed forces).