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Explosions hit Myanmar's biggest city, no injuries

A series of seven small explosions hit the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city, today, but no casualties were reported.

world Updated: Sep 17, 2009 17:42 IST

A series of seven small explosions hit the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city, today, but no casualties were reported.

An official said five blasts went off at the Hlaing Tharyar industrial zone in western Yangon and a separate blast happened at another industrial zone in Shwepaukan on the city's northern outskirts in the pre-dawn hours. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the press.

The seventh explosion occurred around 10 am today in the Mingaladon Industrial Park, also in northern Yangon, he said.

The official said the blasts of small, handmade explosive devices caused minor damage, but no injuries. There were no immediate claims of responsibility, or suspects.

However, the timing of the blasts suggested they could be linked to a political protest. Tomorrow is the second anniversary of the start of massive but short-lived pro-democracy protests in Yangon led by Buddhist monks and quashed with force by the ruling military a few days later.

It is also the 21st anniversary of the seizure of power by the military to quash an even bigger, earlier pro-democracy movement.