Bomb Blasts in Burma—A Chronology
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Bomb Blasts in Burma—A Chronology


By THE IRRAWADDY Thursday, May 18, 2006


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The number of bomb attacks in Burma has increased sharply this year, to an average of more than one a month. The Irrawaddy has prepared (and will be regularly updating) a chronology dating back to 1983:

July 26, 2006

Unknown assailants explode a mine and fire at a group of civil servants in the jungle near Htantabin, Pegu Division, killing two civil servants and injuring five others. The attack takes place as a group of civil servants return home after helping locally-based soldiers in rural development work, according to official media reports.

 

July 24, 2006

A mine explodes in Penwegon, Pegu Division, and a 32-year old woman loses a foot in the blast. No one claims responsibility for the attack, but official media blames “armed insurgent groups.”

 

June 28, 2006

A bomb explodes in front of a grocery shop in the Burmese-Thai border town of Tachilek, eastern Shan State. The after-dark explosion, near the town’s Akha Market, causes minor damage and no one is injured. Police suspect the attack was aimed at the shop’s owner, a member of Tachilek’s traders association with close ties to local authorities.

 

June 06, 2006

A young carpenter, Yan Naing Lwin, loses a foot after stepping on a bomb while working on an electricity transformer in Pegu Division’s Kyaukdaga Township. Official media blames insurgents, without naming any particular group.

May 4, 2006
A bomb explodes near an electricity power transformer on a road between Penwegon and Kyauk Kyi, Pegu Division, causing slight damage.

April 20, 2006
Five small bombs explode in Rangoon’s Kyauktada and Lanmadaw townships, causing some property damage but no casualties.

April 6, 2006
Officials discover a suspected device at Yangon International School in Rangoon. School officials and the Rangoon-based US embassy later confirm that the device was a student prank.  

March 2, 2006
Two bombs explode near a high school and an electricity power transformer in Taungoo, 280 km north of Rangoon, causing no casualties. The government accuses a Karen rebel of responsibility. 

February 1, 2006
An explosion blows up a gas pipeline to Myainggalay cement factory, Mudon Township, Mon State. The government accuses the Karen National Union of responsibility.

January 30, 2006
A small bomb discovered at a local market is detonated at a police station in Pegu Division’s Pyu, about 230 km north of Rangoon, causing slight damage to buildings.

January 15, 2006
A small bomb explodes at a train station in Taungoo, 280 km north of Rangoon.



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