Police Investigating Rangoon Explosions

By The Irrawaddy 25 November 2016

RANGOON — Police launched an investigation into three minor explosions in Rangoon in the last two weeks and have encouraged residents to be cautious.

The “homemade explosives” used in the three similar incidents had not caused any injuries or deaths, according to lieutenant colonel of Rangoon’s eastern district police force, U Myint Htwe.

“The police are trying to find the reason for the incidents,” he told The Irrawaddy, adding that “it’s still not possible to draw the conclusion that all three incidents are linked.”

He urged residents to report any “suspicious” activities to the police.

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 latest incident involved four minor explosions at the office of the immigration and population department of Rangoon’s South Dagon Myothit Township on Thursday.

Thursday’s blasts were caused by glass energy drink bottles filled with chemical liquids, according to an initial police report.

The police team participating in the search for other suspect materials found an unexploded bottle that was disposed of safely.

The police have opened lawsuits for the incidents under Burma’s Article 3 of the 1908 Explosive Substances Act.