Burmese parcel bomb blows up five people, including exiled lawmakers — media

Media includes exiled lawmakers and three police officers who participated in a civil disobedience movement against the military junta on Tuesday after an explosion from at least one parcel bomb in Burma (also known as Myanmar). Five people were reported dead.

Burma has seen an increase in the number of small explosions targeting government agencies and military installations in residential areas since the election-elected government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was defeated in a coup on February 1. I am.

The latest explosion occurred in a village in the south-central part of Burma, West Bago, around 5 pm on Monday, the Myanmar Now News Portal reported, citing residents.

According to the report, at least one parcel bomb exploded at the village house, three explosions when Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party local council, three police officers and one resident died. Was caused.

Residents reportedly said another police officer involved in the civil disobedience movement was also seriously injured after the explosion had blown his arm. He was hospitalized and was being treated, it said.

Khit Thit Media also reported the explosion, citing an unnamed NLD employee in the area.

Reuters could not independently confirm the report, and a military spokesman did not answer the phone for comment.

Violence has escalated since the coup, and security forces have reportedly killed hundreds and attempted to quell anti-democratic movements in urban and rural towns. Ethnic militias also support opposition to military junta, and the military is fighting these groups around Burma.

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Senior General Min Aung Hlaing of Burma will arrive at the ASEAN Summit on April 24, 2021 at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Muchlis Jr./Indonesian Presidential Palace via AP)
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Demonstrators are displaying images of Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained during a protest against a military coup d’etat in Yangon, Burma on February 16, 2021. (AP photo)

On Monday, the Kachin Independence Army, a group of ethnic rebels, said it had shot down a military helicopter.

The newly formed militia in Chin State, which borders India, said on Tuesday’s Facebook page that the army killed at least four Burmese soldiers and injured 10 in an overnight clash. Stated.

The Burmese army has not commented on either claim so far.

Democratic supporters protested Tuesday in Mandalay’s second-largest city. This includes educational staff seeking a boycott of schools and colleges that reopened in June.

In addition, anti-coup demonstrators marched in Kambauk, southern Burma, a photo posted by Hit Thit Media showed.

Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) advocacy groups have stated that security forces have killed at least 766 civilians since the coup. Military junta disputed the number, stating that at least 24 security forces were killed during the protest. Reuters cannot identify casualties because military junta has placed a curb on the media. Many journalists are among the thousands of detained people.

Military junta has revoked a series of media groups since a coup that recently included two Kachin news outlets, the Myitkyina News Journal and 74 media.

Military junta said fraudulent complaints in the November elections won by Suu Kyi had to seize power because they were not dealt with by the Election Commission, which considered the vote fair. ..

75-year-old Suu Kyi has been detained with many other party members since the coup.

By Reuters staff

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