Molotov Cocktail Thrown at Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s Residence

By Zue Zue 1 February 2018

YANGON — The Yangon residence of Myanmar’s State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Bahan Township came under attack on Thursday morning while she was in Naypyitaw.

According to initial reports, a man threw a bottle of petrol into the compound of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s residence No. 54 on University Avenue Road between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. on Thursday.

“It took place around 6:30 at dawn. As far as I know, he threw a Molotov cocktail over the wall into her compound and ran away,” U Thaung Htut, a Bahan Township lawmaker, told The Irrawaddy.

Police issued a culprit wanted photo. (Photo: Yangon Police/ Facebook)

Police said a water pipe near a guard’s house was burned in the attack, the lawmaker said, adding that three or more people might be involved according to CCTV records. Police have opened a case under Article 436 of Penal Code. The culprit(s) shall be punished with transportation for life, or with imprisonment up to 10 years and also a fine if found guilty for mischief by fire or any explosive substance with intent to destroy property.

“Police are looking for the suspects according to procedure. There were security guards [when the attack happened]. Police are investigating and checking CCTV records,” said U Zaw Htay, spokesperson of the President’s Office.

Meanwhile, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was in Naypyitaw attending the second anniversary of the national legislature.

Police have sketched out the appearance of a suspect and urged members of the public to inform them of any information. According to the police, the suspect is a stout man, about 40 years old and 5 feet 6 inches tall, with black hair and a dark complexion.

Debris from a water pipe and petrol bottle. (Photo: Yangon Police/ Facebook)