Sus­pects ar­rested in con­nec­tion to Yangon ex­plo­sions

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A man­hunt has led to ar­rests af­ter a se­ries of blasts in the com­mer­cial cap­i­tal this month, with ex­plo­sions tar­get­ing two govern­ment of­fices and two re­tail out­lets. While the Yangon Po­lice Force an­nounced on Face­book that three men have been ar­rested, the post was later deleted and of­fi­cials re­main mum about the de­tainees.

PO­LICE have re­port­edly ar­rested sus­pects linked to a se­ries of ex­plo­sions in Yangon this month, but law en­force­ment of­fi­cials re­main tightlipped about the num­ber of de­tainees and their pro­files.

A man­hunt was launched af­ter two ex­plo­sions were det­o­nated in the com­pound of the Yangon Re­gion govern­ment of­fice on Novem­ber 25. No one was in­jured, but it was the fourth such in­ci­dent in just over two weeks.

The fol­low­ing day, the Yangon Po­lice Force an­nounced on its Face­book page that three men had been ar­rested the night prior in con­nec­tion with the lat­est in­ci­dent, though the post was deleted a few hours later.

Au­thor­i­ties have since de­clined to field me­dia in­quiries on the ex­plo­sions, the sta­tus of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion and any sus­pects that may have been ap­pre­hended.

The AFP and Xin­hua news agen­cies, quot­ing anony­mous po­lice sources, have re­ported that three sus­pects were nabbed af­ter be­ing found in pos­ses­sion of bomb-mak­ing ma­te­ri­als in Thin­gangyun town­ship.

The AFP re­port said po­lice de­tained the men, who con­fessed to in­volve­ment in the ex­plo­sions, on Novem­ber 25.

“The three sus­pects have al­ready been ar­rested with a bomb-mak­ing kit. They are Muslims,” a po­lice of­fi­cer told AFP.

Quot­ing the anony­mous of­fi­cer, the AFP re­port said po­lice were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the sus­pects had links to “ter­ror­ists” in Rakhine State, an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to an on­go­ing cam­paign by se­cu­rity forces to root out sus­pected per­pe­tra­tors of Oc­to­ber 9 at­tacks on bor­der guard posts in the north of the state.

An of­fi­cer from the Yangon Western Dis­trict Po­lice Force said yes­ter­day that sus­pects were re­manded into cus­tody on Novem­ber 27, but the of­fi­cer de­clined to name which court they had ap­peared be­fore or re­veal the num­ber of sus­pects be­ing held.

Po­lice have said all of the ex­plo­sions have in­volved sim­i­lar crude ex­plo­sive de­vices made up of metal­lic en­ergy drink can­is­ters and chem­i­cal liq­uids.

No one was in­jured or killed in any of the in­ci­dents.

Prior to the ex­plo­sions at the Yangon govern­ment of­fice, four small blasts oc­curred at the South Dagon town­ship im­mi­gra­tion of­fice on Novem­ber 24.

Sim­i­lar in­ci­dents tar­geted re­tail out­lets in the com­mer­cial cap­i­tal ear­lier this month.

The first oc­curred at Ocean Su­per Cen­tre on the cor­ner of Pyay Road and Taw Win Street in Mayan­gone town­ship. Two blasts, one in the ground-floor men’s re­stroom and one in the com­plex’s car park, oc­curred in the evening of Novem­ber 17, ac­cord­ing to the state-run Global New Light of Myan­mar.

On Novem­ber 20, four “home­made ex­plo­sives” were set off at Cap­i­tal Hy­per­mar­ket in Daw­bon town­ship.

PHOTO: EPA

Photo: Nyan Zay Htet

Po­lice seal off the premises around the South Dagon town­ship im­mi­gra­tion of­fice af­ter a se­ries of blasts on Novem­ber 24.

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