Hong Dein, IMNA – Mon State Chief Minister U Ohm Myint has complained to the Chief of Mon State Police that local police have failed to investigate the bomb blast that occurred at the Thanbyuzayat Township Police Station, about 40 miles from Moulmein, the capital of Mon State.
U Ohm Myint spoke with the Chief of State Police during his visits to the Township Police Station and the Township General Administration Department at Thanbyuzayat on 3 September.
The Chief of Police reportedly told U Ohm Myint that the blast was the work of Nai Than Lwin, a former member of the New Mon State Party, and a Karen group.
“You shouldn’t let that group get away. The police should follow them until they catch them, and the police should take full responsibility for it,” the Mon State Chief Minister opined.
Currently, residents of Thanbyuzayat say that the police are taking responsibility for security inside the town, as well as along the major roads highways.
Two men on a motorbike shot an M-40 into the police station in the centre of Thanbyuzayat on 29 August, confirmed the town police station.
A source close to Sa Ya Pha (Military Affairs Security, MAS) said that a bomb was detonated near the home of the Administrator of Thanbyuzayat Township General Administration Department on 29 June 29, resulting in destroyed wall near the house.
Similarly, another bomb went off near the police station on the evening of 7 May 2010.
According to the journal Inside Myanmar, the police are preparing to take full security in the town.
Police examine a vehicle destroyed by a bomb blast in front of the Zay Cho Hotel in Mandalay.
Bomb blasts hit Burma’s capital, Naypyidaw, as well as the country’s second-largest city of Mandalay and the town of Pyin Oo Lwin on Friday, in the first major series of bombings since a new military-backed government took power in March.
According to witnesses and police officials, the first bomb exploded at around noon near the Mann Myanmar Plaza and Zay Cho Hotel in downtown Mandalay, injuring at least two people and destroying one vehicle.
A few minutes later, a second explosion occurred in Naypyidaw’s Tapyay Gone area, near the government’s Gems Museum. There were no immediate reports of casualties in the blast, although witnesses said a house was badly damaged.
“The explosion was very strong. The top of a house was damaged,” said a witness in Naypyidaw.
There were also reports of a third blast in Pyin Oo Lwin, home to the Burmese military’s elite Defense Services Academy, near an army supply and transport base.
The series of blasts comes amid an armed conflict between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army, Burma’s second largest ethnic armed group, that started on June 9.
Blasts were also reported in Kachin State earlier this week, in the state capital, Myitkyina, and in Bhamo, near the Chinese border.
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