YANGON-Two males were caught with explosive materials that the police believe were planned for bomb attacks against mosques in various locations in the country, according to Yangon Region Police Force.
The two Rakhine residents identified as Khine Nay Min (a) Tin Maung and Thein Nyunt (a) Japangyi were arrested in the Hlaingthaya Township, Yangon Region on November 13.
According to informed sources, authorities conducted a search to a guesthouse in Padan village, Hlaingthaya township, Yangon region, where the said two male Rakhines were installing explosive devices at room No (D-15).
The authorities discovered two PVC pipes measuring six inches long, an electric wire measuring about four feet, two batteries, a table clock, gun powder, a one-liter bottle of petrol, a one-liter bottle of diesel, two ropes and one viss of charcoal powder.
The further search showed that a Yangon-Sittwe flight ticket, one viss of white powder, a mask, a syringe, a NRC card, a hand phone, two penicillin, explosive devices and a sheet of paper.
The two culprits were arrested under section 5 of explosive devices at Thaunggyi Police Station and have been under investigation.
Win Htut, manager of SKY guesthouse said that the culprits came to the guesthouse at 9.15 am on November 14. Shortly after they arrived, Yangon Region Police Force arrested them at about 10 am. He heard of one of them escaping because he left the guesthouse before the arrival of the police. He handed over the CCTV footage to the police.
“Yangon Region Police Force searched and arrested the culprits. All investigations are responsible to Yangon Region Police Force. I have not known about what to do next,” said Police Major Chit Ko Ko of Thaunggyi Police Station.
“I have known nothing about the investigations because the Region Police Force is probing into the culprits. After finishing investigations, we will inform about that,” said Police Lt-Col Win Kyi of Yangon Region Police Force.