Four people were injured in a bomb blast in Monghsu, Shan State, at 4pm on Wednesday. The blast occurred near the Shan Literature and Culture Office in the town centre. The injured are being treated at Monghsu hospital.
Sai Tun Aye, Monghsu candidate from the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy, said: “The bomb contained ball bearings. A 78-year-old woman was sent to the emergency department in shock.”
Resident Nan Hsai Hein said: “A 12-year-old girl has neck and cheek injuries. Two novice monks sustained injuries to all parts of their bodies. A woman received wounds to her back and abdomen.”
San Lwin, Shan deputy police colonel, said: “The blast is assumed to have a connection with the Shan State Army [SSA] in Wan Hai. The army is inspecting the bomb. Police investigations will continue.”
Another SNLD candidate Nan Kaw Kham said: “The bomb was presumably the work of professionals as it contained ball bearings. A young girl has severe injuries and is in critical condition. Two novices suffered wounds to their hands, legs and heads.”
Monghsu Township is the scene of fighting between government forces and the SSA, also known as the Shan State Progress Party (SSPP), which did not sign the recent nationwide ceasefire agreement.
PHOTOCREDIT Sai Num Hkam