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Suspect in 2005 blast case held in Yangon

Military junta arrested a a 27-year-old man, as he tried to enter the country, for carrying out blasts in the capital that killed 23 people.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 18:58 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press

Myanmar's military government announced on Wednesday the arrest of a suspect linked to a group blamed for bombings that killed 23 in the capital Yangon in May last year.

Information Minister Brig Gen Kyaw Hsan said in a statement that authorities arrested a 27-year-old man named Yunod as he tried to enter Myanmar on February 5.

It was the first publicly announced arrest linked directly to the bombing.

Speaking on Tuesday at a press conference in the northern city of Lashio, Kyaw Hsan said Yunod, also known as Aung Cho Oo, was a "terrorist" with a Thailand-based anti-government group called the Network for Democracy and Development.

Yunod, who attended the conference, said he had gathered information about security conditions in Yangon but had been unaware of any bombing plans.

First Published: Feb 22, 2006 18:56 IST