Blast Kills Two in Myanmar City Lashio

YANGON: At least two people were killed and 22 injured as a blast ripped through Myanmar’s northeastern city of Lashio on Wednesday.

According to the government and military sources, the deceased were both women and employees of Aya and Yoma banks, where the explosion happened.

Police said they have launched an investigation without mentioning who were they suspecting to be involved in this terrorist activity.

Lashio is in Myanmar’s restive Shan State where several ethnic insurgent groups are fighting the Myanmar military. “We just received a (local) police report about the bomb blast in Lashio (on Tuesday) evening,” police spokesperson Colonel Thet Naing said in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw.

Another police spokesperson, Colonel Myo Thu Soe, said no suspects could be identified at this stage.

“We’re still investigating,” he told Reuters. A Lashio resident, 27-year-old Lway Dehnin, said she heard the explosion around 4:30 p.m. near two banks close to the regional health ministry building in the heart of the city of 170,000 people.”


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