A Series of Bomb Blasts in Northern Burma

A series of bomb exploded early on Saturday morning around the area of the Myitsone dam project in Kachin State, northern Burma, according to residents of Myitkyina, the Kachin State capital.

“At least, seven bombs exploded in three places in and around the Myitsone dam project this morning,” a source told The Irrawaddy on Saturday. “Two cars were destroyed, but I heard that nobody was killed in the blasts.”

However, Kachin News Group based in Thailand reported on Saturday that four people had died and 12 were injured in the blasts, the majority of whom were Chinese workers.

There are currently around 300 workers from China employed by the China Power Investment Corporation at the dam site. At least three bombs reportedly exploded in front of the offices of AsiaWorld, the main Burmese contractor at the project.

Contacted by The Irrawaddy, Myitkyina police station declined to give any information about the case.

The controversial dam project has been condemned by human rights groups and environmentalists. About 15,000 local people are due to be relocated due to the dam’s construction.