Bomb Blast in Shan State Injures Four

Four people were injured, including three seriously, in a bomb blast in the northern Shan State town of Kyaukme at 9 pm on Tuesday, according to local sources.

A resident of Kyaukme told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday night that the bomb exploded at a military checkpoint in the town. Burmese army soldiers, police, and narcotics officers are stationed at the checkpoint, suggesting that the target of the blast was the Burmese authorities.

Police in Kyaukme declined requests for further information when contacted by The Irrawaddy on Wednesday. They did, however, confirm that the blast occurred and said that no one was  killed in the incident.

The headquarters of the Burmese army’s No.1 Military Operation Command is in Kyaukme.

This is the seventh bomb blast to hit an urban area in Burma since a new quasi-civilian government led by ex-general Thein Sein was formed at the end of March.

Several bombs have exploded since May in a number of major Burmese towns and cities, including the capital Naypyidaw, the country’s second-largest city Mandalay, the Kachin State capital of Myitkyina, the military-academy town of Pyin Oo Lwin, and Myawaddy, a town on Thai-Burmese border in Karen State.

There were also reports of a blast in Mohnyin Township, Kachin State, on Monday. Around 20 local people were reportedly injured by the explosion. The Kachin Independence Army, which resumed fighting with Burmese troops last month after a 16-year ceasefire, denied responsibility for the incident.

Burma’s state-run media has blamed ethnic armed groups for several of the recent blasts.

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