Security tightens as the country braces for more bombs

Myanmar information search service

The government has tightened security measures across the country after a series of bomb blasts in Bago and Yangon regions, police sources say.

On October 11, a blast occurred in a guesthouse at Taungoo in Bagon Region, killing a man and a woman.

After that blast, a bomb exploded at Insein Township in Yangon Region on Sunday afternoon and another unexploded bomb was found nearby.

On Sunday evening, two boys from Daw Pone Township found a table clock inside a plastic bag behind a truck parked by a roadside in Tarkayta Township. The clock exploded when they turned the hands on it. They were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Then yesterday, just before midnight, a bomb exploded in a bathroom at Trader’s Hotel, injuring an American woman.

The bombs that have exploded and the ones than haven’t are the same kind, and the people plotting the blasts are assumed to be from the same group, an unnamed Colonel from Yangon region army headquarters said to Eleven Media on Sunday.

“We have increased our security measures beyond the usual. We are secretly investigating the cases. Other organizations are cooperating with us. We assume that some people are making homemade bombs to destroy others’ welfare,” said Lt. Police Colonel Myint Aye, head of the Eastern District police force.

Police have also tightened security in railways and stations, according to Police Major Win Maung from the Railway Police.

“We can’t cover the whole nation with the policemen we have. But we are doing security alerts in most places that attract tourists,” said Lt. Police Colonel Myo Min Oo, interim head of the Tourist Police Department.

“These recent blasts are terrorist attacks. We assume they can be connected with racial conflict that has occurred recently, or they are the work of those who don’t want to see our country developed,” Police Colonel Win Tun, head of Shan State police force said yesterday.

“We have increased security alerts at borders, on the roads and railways into Shan State from other countries. The public need to cooperate with the police to report strangers and people who don’t live nearby. We are taking security measures not to disturb people.”

Police Colonel Kyi Lin, head of the Tanintaryi Region police force, said yesterday morning that police stations and outposts have tightened security at all townships in the region.

“We are assuming that the cases can be connected with political extremists,” he said.

In an additional safety measure, authorities are setting up more checkpoints to inspect cars.

Source: ELEVEN Myanmar

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