Myanmar Capital Hit by Another Bomb Blast at Local Administration Office

By The Irrawaddy 18 October 2021

A ward-level administrator’s office in Pyinmana Township, Naypyitaw was hit by a bomb blast on Sunday evening, local residents told The Irrawaddy. It was the second bombing in the township in a week and the latest in a string of attacks exposing security vulnerabilities in Naypyitaw, Myanmar’s capital and the military regime’s seat of office.

No casualties were reported in Sunday’s attack on the Yan Aung 2 Ward administration office.

A local resident who asked not to be named for security reasons said the blast occurred at about 5 p.m.

“They came by motorbike and threw a handmade bomb. No casualties,” the resident said, adding that security forces came and inspected the scene.

On Friday, the Naypyitaw People’s Defense Force, a civilian armed resistance group, attacked a branch of military-owned Myawaddy Bank with a homemade bomb. The group claimed it killed two security personnel but local residents said there were no casualties.

Security has been tightened in Naypyitaw since the shadow civilian National Unity Government declared war on the junta on Sept. 7, and junta forces have stepped up their arrests of locals, according to  residents. Among those arrested is Pyinmana poet and English teacher U Myo Taza Maung, who was charged with incitement under Section 505-A of the Penal Code, which carries a prison term of three years upon conviction.

Early this month, Naypyitaw saw three explosions within a week, including a bloody blast at the Myanmar Police Force’s Criminal Investigation Department in which five policemen including a senior officer were seriously wounded, and an explosion at the office of the Directorate of Procurement of the Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services (Army) in Pobbathiri Township. No one was injured in that attack.

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