House of Myanmar Junta Chief’s Sister Bombed in Yangon
By The Irrawaddy 13 July 2022
The house of the Myanmar coup leader’s sister was bombed on Monday evening, one of a series of explosions in the last two days that rocked at least five locations in Yangon, in another sign that the military regime is struggling to contain armed resistance against its rule.
On Monday at 8:10pm a blast occurred at the house of Daw Zin Zin Hlaing, elder sister of junta chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, in Yangon’s Mayangone Township. Daw Zin Zin Hlaing is married to retired Colonel Than Myint.
Two underground resistance groups, the Federal Liberation Army (Hlaing Tharyar Battalion) and the Union of Myanmar Civil Defense, claimed responsibility for the attack, which damaged vehicles in the compound, according to the groups.
The resistance groups said that they had previously attempted to attack the house in June. The groups also urged people to avoid junta forces and regime-linked areas due to the possibility of them being attacked.
Soon after the attack on Monday night, a traffic police outpost near the bus stop at Nine Mile Junction in Mayangone Township was blown up.
Submitting a video of the explosion, two other resistance groups, Special Nway Oo and God’s Hand Force, claimed responsibility for the attack.
The groups said that the attack was part of the ‘Aung Mingalar Operation’ against regime forces. On the same night, blasts reportedly occurred in six other Yangon townships.
Also on Tuesday, two explosions injuring at least ten civilians were reported in Hlaing Tharyar and Sanchaung townships. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the blasts.
Eight civilians were also injured on Tuesday afternoon when an explosion occurred under a flyover at Myaynigone Junction in Sanchaung Township, according to rescue workers.
“People were injured in their necks, hands and legs. But they are not in a serious condition,” said the rescue worker.
Following the blast, junta forces blocked roads in the area.
On Tuesday afternoon a blast also occurred near a park in Hlaing Tharyar Township, injuring two people.
A combined force of Yangon resistance groups said on Tuesday that they were forced to abandon an attempt to bomb regime vehicles in Tamwe Township, as their bomb was discovered by garbage collectors and other civilians.
Subsequently, junta troops blew up the bomb and blocked roads in the area.
Yangon Liberation Force, which planned the mission, urged people to avoid any strange packages, as resistance fighters were risking their lives in such missions against regime targets.
Regime forces are currently facing daily attacks from resistance groups and ethnic armed organizations nationwide.