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Report: Bomb found near Yangon tourist market

Report: Bomb found near Yangon tourist market

Authorities in Myanmar found a bomb hidden in a pencil case near a popular tourist market in Yangon, state media reported Saturday, accusing anti-government groups of trying to instigate violence ahead of November elections.
Police found the bomb Friday on a wooden bridge leading to Yangon's Bogyoke market, a handicraft and antique market that is one of the city's main tourist attractions, the New Light of Myanmar reported. The report said the device was rigged to explode Friday morning but a "duty-conscious" caller alerted authorities who defused it in time.
"Insurgents, destructive elements and political opportunists are trying to ramp up instigation and destructive acts with the aim of disrupting the upcoming multiparty democracy election," according to an official statement published by the newspaper.
Myanmar will hold its first election in two decades on Nov. 7. Critics have called the election a sham designed to cement military rule. The country has been ruled by military governments since 1962.
A separate report in the New Light of Myanmar said soldiers found and defused five mines Wednesday planted at a power grid pylon in Thaton township, 85 miles (135 kilometers) east of Yangon in Mon state. The newspaper said a soldier lost his leg when one of the mines exploded.
The report blamed anti-government groups for carrying out sabotage "to destroy state-owned property, to undermine stability and to disrupt the upcoming elections."
Several bomb blasts have rocked Myanmar this year, including three in Yangon that killed nine people and wounded 170.


Updated : 2021-04-18 20:48 GMT+08:00