Investigation Into Rangoon Explosions Wraps Up

By May Sitt Paing 22 December 2016

RANGOON —Police have arrested four suspects in connection with a series of minor explosions in Rangoon in November, with the investigation soon coming to a close.

“The investigation has almost finished, and I have heard that a press release will soon be made,” said a police officer whopreferred not to be named.

Rangoon saw a spate of minor explosions during the second and third weeks of November. The first incident involved two minor blasts at the Ocean Super Center of Mayangone Township on Nov. 17 and another two devices detonated at the Capital Hypermarket in Dawbon Township on Nov. 20.

The third incident involved four minor explosions at the office of the immigration and population department of Rangoon’s South Dagon Myothit Township on Nov. 24.

Police arrested three suspects after two minor explosions occurred at the Immigration Department of the Rangoon divisional government office on Nov. 25. The office shares the compound with the Rangoon Division parliament and the police headquarters.

The detonations were caused by “homemade explosives” made from M150 brand glass energy drink bottles filled with chemical liquids. There were no casualties and no reported injuries in the blasts, according to police sources.

Police later arrested one more suspect. “Roughly, there are four suspects. And I assume that they are also involved in other incidents besides the one that happened in the government office compound,” the police officer told The Irrawaddy.

Following the arrest on the evening of Nov. 25, photos of a suspect went viral on social media. The Irrawaddy could not independently verify the authenticity of the photo with the police force. Police have kept silent about the explosions.