Mine blasts kill 6 in Myanmar in first seven months

13:17, July 21, 2010      

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Mine blasts in different areas of Myanmar have killed six people including two women across the country in the first seven months of this year, the official daily New Light of Myanmar said in a statistical report Wednesday.

The mine blasts during the period, charged with being planted by insurgents, injured 42 others including five women, the report said.

According to the report, the latest mine went off in Kyaukkyo region on July 16, costing the right foot of a man who was observing the ground to pan for gold.

In May, two people -- a driver and a passenger -- were killed and three others injured in a mine blast in Myanmar's southeastern Kayin state when a passenger bus hit the mine on the Kyangin road.

The authorities charged the anti-government ethnic armed group of Kayin National Union (KNU) with planting the mine.

The authorities also accused the KNU of masterminding a series of grenade attacks earlier on a water festival pandal in Yangon on April 15, in which 10 people lost their lives and 168 others were injured.

The authorities have claimed the capture of Wai Phyo Aung, one of the four suspected bombers linked with a terrorist organization- - the Vigorous Burmese Students Warriors (VBSW) in the connection.

Source: Xinhua


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