Myanmar bombings linked to local business group

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tradersThe recent series of bomb blasts in five cities of Myanmar have been linked by police to a business organisation of the ethnic Kayin National Union (KNU) which has made peace with the central government.

Myanmar Police Chief Major General Zaw Win told a press conference on October 18 in Yangon that the government believed the bombings had no connection with the KNU as a whole but the said organisation according to the evidence confessed by eight suspect bombers detained.

Zaw Win said the bombings were aimed at disrupting the country’ s tourist industry and hindering the inflow of foreign investment in local undertakings.

Claiming that the incidents would not impact on the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar, Zaw Win said the security for the SEA Games will be tightened, while presidential spokesman U Ye Htut said that the incidents would not affect the ongoing domestic peace talks with ethnic rebel groups.

Moreover, he vowed that the government would cooperate with Interpol to curb terrorism, saying that preparation is being made to submit a draft anti-terrorism bill to the parliament to enhance fight against terrorism.

There were six bomb blasts with four unexploded in Yangon, Mandalay, Sagaing, Toungoo and Phyu from October 9 to 15, in which two people died in Toungoo guest house bombing on October 11, he added. Another bomb blast at Yangon’s Traders Hotel on October 14 injured an American. Namkham in eastern Shan state also experienced similar bomb attacks on October 16 and 17, in which one person was killed and six others were injured.

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The recent series of bomb blasts in five cities of Myanmar have been linked by police to a business organisation of the ethnic Kayin National Union (KNU) which has made peace with the central government.

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tradersThe recent series of bomb blasts in five cities of Myanmar have been linked by police to a business organisation of the ethnic Kayin National Union (KNU) which has made peace with the central government.

Myanmar Police Chief Major General Zaw Win told a press conference on October 18 in Yangon that the government believed the bombings had no connection with the KNU as a whole but the said organisation according to the evidence confessed by eight suspect bombers detained.

Zaw Win said the bombings were aimed at disrupting the country’ s tourist industry and hindering the inflow of foreign investment in local undertakings.

Claiming that the incidents would not impact on the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar, Zaw Win said the security for the SEA Games will be tightened, while presidential spokesman U Ye Htut said that the incidents would not affect the ongoing domestic peace talks with ethnic rebel groups.

Moreover, he vowed that the government would cooperate with Interpol to curb terrorism, saying that preparation is being made to submit a draft anti-terrorism bill to the parliament to enhance fight against terrorism.

There were six bomb blasts with four unexploded in Yangon, Mandalay, Sagaing, Toungoo and Phyu from October 9 to 15, in which two people died in Toungoo guest house bombing on October 11, he added. Another bomb blast at Yangon’s Traders Hotel on October 14 injured an American. Namkham in eastern Shan state also experienced similar bomb attacks on October 16 and 17, in which one person was killed and six others were injured.

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