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 booby-trapped letter was postmarked Thailand.

October 30, 2002
The Burmese embassy in Singapore receives a letter bomb postmarked Thailand.

October 29, 2002
The Burmese embassy in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, receives a letter bomb postmarked Thailand. Security officials defuse the device.

October 28, 2002
The Burmese embassy in Tokyo, Japan, receives a letter bomb, which is defused by security officials. The Burmese government blames Thailand-based dissidents.

October 17, 2002
A bomb severely damages the Tada Kyoe bridge near Thaingan Nyi Naung, 30 km west of Myawaddy, opposite Thailand’s Mae Sot. Another bomb explodes opposite the Burmese army’s Light Infantry Battalion 356 base, near the bridge.

October 15, 2002
Two separate bombs explode in Burma’s Myawaddy Township after the Thai-Burma border reopens early in the morning. Another unexploded bomb is found nearby. No injuries are reported.

May 4, 2001
A bomb explodes while security officials are defusing a suspicious package found in Mandalay’s Zay Cho market. Officials say thirty four people were injured in the explosion.

January 4, 2000
A bomb is discovered in front of the Rangoon City Hall as the country marks Burma’s Independence Day.

May 21, 1998
A bomb explodes at the Myoma cinema in Mandalay, killing one person and injuring 11. The government blames Shan guerillas for the attack.

May 22, 1997
A bomb explosion at Loikaw Airport damages several buildings. The government’s military intelligence personnel say they suspect that those responsible for the bombing were being hidden by sympathizers from the ward. They question about 800 civilians living in the vicinity.

April 10, 1997
A bomb explosion at the Defense Services Academy in Maymyo, where only authorized military personnel are allowed, kills a major and 14 cadets and injures a further 10 cadets.

April 06, 1997
A parcel bomb explodes at the Rangoon home of one of Burma’s top generals, Lt-Gen Tin Oo, killing his eldest daughter. The military government claims the airmailed bomb was sent by a Japan-based anti-government group.

December 25, 1996
Two bombs explode at a Burmese Buddhist shrine, the Kaba Aye Pagoda and Maha Pasana Cave in Rangoon on Christmas Day, killing five people and wounding 17.

October 24, 1996
A time bomb is discovered at the entrance to an electronics shop in Mandalay.

July 3, 1996
A bomb explodes next to a government propaganda billboard opposite the US embassy in central Rangoon, causing minor damage and no injuries.

February, 1996
A bomb explodes at a military intelligence office in Haka, the capital of Chin State. One officer is injured.

November 30, 1995
Two bomb blasts occur in Tamu, on the Burmese side of the Indo-Burma border town. No injuries are reported.

April 12, 1995
Five bombs explode in separate locations and at different times in the Burmese border town of Tachilek, killing three Burmese soldiers and wounding three other people.

November 13, 1989
A time bomb is discovered at the Burmese Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. The explosive device is identified as a powerful plastic explosive known as “Composition 4”, or C4, used by military forces and terrorists around the world.

July 7, 1989
A parcel bomb explodes in the compound of Thanlyin Oil Refinery, Rangoon Division.

October 9, 1983
A powerful bomb explodes at Burma’s Martyrs’ Mausoleum in Rangoon while the then South Korea president, Chun Doo-Hwan and his cabinet are paying homage. The explosion kills 17 South Koreans—including four cabinet members—and four Burmese.

Last Update: August 02, 2006



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