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2 blasts strike Myanmar's biggest city

Two mysterious explosions shook parks near busy thoroughfares in Myanmar's largest city, where blasts usually are blamed on ethnic militants battling the military-run government.

world Updated: Mar 04, 2009 15:15 IST

Two mysterious explosions shook parks near busy thoroughfares in Myanmar's largest city, where blasts usually are blamed on ethnic militants battling the military-run government.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the yesterday evening blasts in Yangon and there was no immediate comment from the ruling junta in the tightly controlled nation, where almost all government statements are released through state-run media.

Security personnel rushed to the sites of both blasts, while soldiers and police stopped and searched vehicles along another main thoroughfare that passes by the sites of both explosions.

An official said there were no casualties although onlookers saw one man being led to an ambulance after the first blast, which could be heard from several blocks away. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Witnesses said the first blast took place at about 0940 pm at a small park in western Yangon near Myeinigone junction, a busy area with a bus terminal.

The second blast shortly after 11 pm occurred by a bus stop next to a park at Kamayut junction, another busy thoroughfare.