Two dead, nine injured in Yangon blast

No-one has claimed responsibility for the explosion, which happened near a traffic police station.
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Two dead, nine injured in Yangon blast Police step up security after the explosion beneath the Myaynigone overpass in Yangon on July 12.
Citizen journalist

Two people were killed and nine injured in an explosion in Yangon’s Sanchaung township on Tuesday.

The blast happened at around 3 p.m. on a platform beneath the Myaynigone overpass, according to locals and rescue services.

The injured were taken to Yangon General hospital and a military hospital in Dagon township by the Sanchaung township Red Cross Society, the fire brigade and voluntary relief teams.

One volunteer, who declined to be named, told RFA two women died in the night after receiving critical chest wounds.

“A total of 11 people were hit. Two women died. One at Yangon General Hospital and the other in the military hospital,” the relief worker said, adding that the women appeared to be in their twenties.

Security forces blocked the overpass immediately after the blast and sealed off the nearby Dagon Center, one of Yangon's busiest shopping malls.

It is not yet clear what caused the blast and the military council has not commented on the incident. Anti-junta militias have also remained silent. There has been speculation that People’s Defense Forces were targeting a traffic police station beneath the overpass.

Recent months have seen a series of bombings in Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city and the former capital.

A woman was wounded in an explosion on July 1.

Last month two explosions in Hlaing Tharyar township injured three people, including a young child.

A week earlier an explosion in Kyauktada township killed the suspected bomber and injured nine others.

There is little data on the number of people killed in anti-junta attacks but they are far outstripped by those who died at the hands of the military.

At least 2,077 people were killed by the junta from the Feb. 1, 2021 coup to July 12 this year according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma).


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