Five Police Hurt as Another Explosion Strikes Regime Target in Myanmar’s Capital

By The Irrawaddy 6 October 2021

Naypyitaw, Myanmar’s capital and the seat of office of the military regime, has seen three explosions within a week, with the latest ones occurring on Tuesday, including a bloody blast at the Myanmar Police Force’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

In the most serious incident so far, five policemen including a senior officer were seriously wounded at the department on Tuesday afternoon when an explosive went off in the office.

Police sources confirmed the blast.

Myanmar has seen guerrilla-style attacks against its military rulers across the country following the coup in February, in which the military seized power from the country’s democratically elected government. While regime targets in many parts of the country have been hit by attacks—sometimes deadly—over the last eight months, the capital had been relatively safe until last month.

The first attack on Naypyitaw—once thought of as a safe haven for generals—came on Thursday last week when an explosion rocked the office of the Directorate of Procurement of the Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services (Army) in Pobbathiri Township. No one was injured.

The Naypyitaw People’s Defense Force (PDF), a civilian resistance force opposing the junta which operates under the Central Command of the parallel National Unity Government (NUG)’s Defense Ministry, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that it worked together with another revolutionary group that did not want to be named.

On the same day, a shuttle bus from the regime’s Immigration Department in the capital was attacked with a remotely detonated bomb, causing some minor damage to the vehicle.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for that blast.

Following the first explosion last week, the Naypyitaw PDF said the attack was intended merely as an initial warning to a handful of regime stooges it said had ignored the people by failing to join the Civil Disobedience Movement, adding that harsher punitive actions would be taken against them in the near future.

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