Bago Bombs Target Myanmar Military-Linked Sites

By The Irrawaddy 5 April 2021

Bago — Bombs were reportedly used against military-linked sites in Bago on Sunday.

There were attacks on the office of Mytel, a telecoms operator owned by Myanmar’s military, and on security forces at Shwemadaw Pagoda’s southern gate on Sunday.

The attacks were carried out by unidentified bike riders, according to Bago residents. “They attacked the Mytel office and sentries near the pagoda’s gate. But there was no explosion at the Mytel office,” said a Bago resident.

An employee at the Mytel office told The Irrawaddy that two bike riders attacked the office with a homemade bomb but it did not ignite. The military’s mouthpiece Myawady TV, however, reported on Sunday that the Mytel office was attacked with a bomb and windows were broken.

The Shwemadaw blast did no serious damage. Myawady TV reported a bomb attack on a guardhouse.

Afterwards, the security forces stopped pedestrians and motorbikes to look for evidence and to examine phones, according to a resident.

There was an explosion at the Bago district police station on March 30. The military said the attackers used an electrically propelled rocket.

The Irrawaddy was told a police officer suffered a leg injury in the explosion.

The military fired at random outside the Bogyoke Monastery after the explosion. A bank employee was shot dead and a woman was injured, according to residents.


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