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Bomb blast in Myanmar, no casualties reported

A bomb exploded on a railroad damaging a transformer and a fence on a rail line to the towns of Penwegon and Kyaukkyi.

india Updated: May 06, 2006 11:51 IST

A bomb exploded on a railroad northeast of Myanmar's commercial capital, causing minor damage but no injuries, the country's state-run media reported on Saturday.

The explosion late Friday damaged a transformer and a fence on a rail line to the towns of Penwegon and Kyaukkyi, 160 kilometers northeast of Yangon, the New Light of Myanmar reported.

Rail service was not affected by the explosion, a railway official said on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the media.

The explosion occurred a day after Myanmar's military government warned that "terrorists" sent by anti-government groups and ethnic rebels were planning bomb attacks in major cities in the country.

Security was tightened in Yangon, and authorities warned the public to be vigilant.

A spate of bomb blasts hit Myanmar earlier this year and a series of six explosions rattled downtown Yangon in April, causing minor damage but no injuries.

The government blamed opposition exile groups and ethnic minority rebel groups for the bombings.

Friday's railway explosion occurred two days before the first anniversary of bomb attacks in Yangon on May 7, 2005, when at least 23 people were killed and more than 160 injured in explosions at two supermarkets and a convention center.