Bomb explodes in Myanmar, no casualties

An explosion occurred at a police station in Myanmar soon after a shopkeeper arrived with a package that he feared was a bomb.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 15:09 IST

An explosion occurred at a police station in northern Myanmar soon after a shopkeeper arrived bearing a package left at his shop that he had feared was a bomb, state-run media reported on Wednesday.

It was the fourth bombing since January in military-ruled Myanmar.

There were no injuries in the blast on Monday, which left a hole in the floor of the police station in the town of Pye, about 190 kilometers north of the capital Yangon, the New Light of Myanmar reported.

The newspaper said when the shopkeeper arrived, police placed the package in a secure part of the station and it exploded about an hour later.

No one claim responsibility for the blast. Investigations showed that a 13-year-old boy was paid to place the package at the shop and police were still working to determine who was behind the incident, the paper said.

There have been no claims of responsibility for any of the low-level bombings since the New Year, and the government has not blamed any group.

In recent years, the tightly guarded Myanmar capital has been targeted by a number of bombings.

At least 23 people were killed and more than 160 injured in a series of explosions last May, when bombs exploded at two supermarkets and a convention center in the capital. Responsibility for those blasts also remains undetermined.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 15:09 IST