Burma

Rangoon Court Hears Plaintiff, Witness in M150 Bomb Blasts

By Htun Htun 9 March 2017

RANGOON — A Rangoon court on Wednesday heard the plaintiff and a witness regarding serial bombings in the commercial capital in November.

U Thike Soe, administrator of Pyay Road Eastern Ward in Dagon Township gave testimony regarding a Nov. 25 bomb blast at the immigration department of the Rangoon divisional government.

Police officer Bo Htin Kyaw of Mayangone Township, the plaintiff in an explosion at an Ocean Shopping Center, also testified.

Rangoon was rocked by a series of minor explosions during the second and third weeks of November.

The first incident involved two small explosions at the Ocean Shopping Center in Mayangone Township on Nov. 17. Another two devices detonated at the Capital Hypermarket in Dawbon Township on Nov. 20.

A later incident involved four minor explosions at the office of the immigration and population department of Rangoon’s South Dagon Myothit Township on Nov. 24. The last blast took place in the Rangoon divisional government compound.

Homemade explosives, made from M150 energy drink bottles filled with chemical liquids, caused the detonations. There were no casualties and no reported injuries in the blasts, according to police sources.

Police have arrested four suspects: Khin Maung Shwe, Soe Min Zaw, Kyaw Thu, and Soe Win.

Khin Maung Shwe has been facing trial regarding the blast at Ocean Shopping Center but the others are still awaiting trial, said U Aung Than, one of the suspect’s lawyers.

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