4 hurt in Yangon grenade blasts

A SERIES of grenade blasts hit a hydropower project in Myanmar on Tuesday, wounding four workers in the latest unrest in the military-ruled country, officials said.

The attacks occurred at the Thaukyegat hydropower plant under construction in Bago Division, about 220 km north-east of the country’s main city Yangon, a local official told AFP.

The Myanmar company behind the project, Asia World Construction, was also involved in a controversial dam project in Kachin State where there was a series of bombs blasts earlier this month, injuring one engineer.

Three other bombs on April 15 hit a water festival in Yangon, in the city’s worst attack in five years. The death toll from that attack has now risen to 10 people, with at least 170 people wounded.

Myanmar authorities have arrested some suspects in their search for the perpetrators of those blasts, officials said, but they did not give any further detail as the investigation is still underway.

Myanmar has been hit by several bomb blasts in recent years which the junta has blamed on armed exile groups or ethnic rebels. The latest attacks come as the country prepares for elections planned for this year, which critics have dismissed as a sham due to the effective barring of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi because she is a serving prisoner. — AFP


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