Burma

Bomb Blasts Injure at Least Three Myanmar Regime Troops in Yangon

By The Irrawaddy 17 April 2021

At least three Myanmar regime troops were seriously wounded in a series of explosions in Yangon, the commercial capital, on Saturday.

Three homemade bombs exploded at around 2:00 p.m. at a General Administration Department office in Yangon’s Yankin Township, according to police sources.

The sources confirmed to The Irrawaddy that three junta troops were wounded seriously in the bomb explosion at the office, where troops established a base in March.

Of the three injured, one is in critical condition, the police sources said.

“The bombs were thrown from the outside. We heard very loud blasts from the explosion. Later, ambulances took the injured people away,” a resident of Yankin Township said.

“Many military trucks arrived after the bombs exploded. No civilians dare to go outside,” he said.

The Irrawaddy could not confirm whether the office was damaged due to the bomb blasts.

Another explosion occurred near the gate of a former military parade ground once used for Armed Forces Day on U Wisara Road in Yangon at around 4:15 p.m.

Witnesses said residents saw the smoke and heard a loud blast. Later, regime troops blocked the street and conducted security checks.

No one was injured in the explosion, a witness said.

A series of blasts also reportedly occurred on Friday night in Yangon’s Mayangone, Kamayut, Sanchaung and Yakin townships, according to residents.

Following the blasts, on Saturday morning, junta forces conducted extensive searches in residential wards in Sanchaung, Ahlone, Kamayut, and Mayangone townships. Vehicle searches were also conducted in some parts of Yangon. Some young people were beaten and arrested during the searches, according to witnesses.

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