Sus­pect bot­tles alarm RGN

Four M-150 en­ergy drink bot­tles found near the check-in counter for Bangkok Air­ways prompted Yan­gon’s lat­est se­cu­rity scare yes­ter­day, but were found to con­tain pills and not ex­plo­sive chem­i­cals.

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - – Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Ei Ei Thu yeemon­tun@mm­ YE MON

PO­LICE yes­ter­day an­nounced that four bot­tles of liq­uid found at Yan­gon In­ter­na­tional Air­port did not con­tain ex­plo­sive ma­te­rial, after the dis­cov­ery trig­gered the city’s lat­est se­cu­rity scare.

Four M-150 en­ergy drink bot­tles were found near the check-in counter for Bangkok Air­ways at around 9:30am yes­ter­day.

Later, fol­low­ing a chem­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion at a po­lice lab­o­ra­tory, it was an­nounced that the bot­tles con­tained a “med­i­cated balm”.

U Ye Htut Aung, deputy direc­tor gen­eral of the Department of Civil Avi­a­tion, told The Myan­mar Times yes­ter­day that au­thor­i­ties as­sumed some­one re­filled the M-150 bot­tles with painkillers to take them overseas, but that the air­line did not al­low it, caus­ing the pas­sen­ger to dump the pack­age.

M-150 en­ergy drink bot­tles con­tain­ing “chem­i­cal liq­uids” were found at the South Dagon im­mi­gra­tion of­fice on Novem­ber 24 after sev­eral small blasts that caused min­i­mal dam­age but no in­juries.

Po­lice at the air­port say an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still un­der way to find out who left the bot­tles at the check-in counter.

The scare co­in­cided with the ar­rival of for­mer UN sec­re­tary gen­eral Kofi An­nan, in town in his ca­pac­ity as the head of the Rakhine Ad­vi­sory Com­mis­sion. A po­lice of­fi­cer, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity, told The Myan­mar Times that there was no in­ten­tion to ramp up se­cu­rity pre­cau­tions fol­low­ing yes­ter­day’s in­ci­dent.

“The se­cu­rity force for the air­port is nor­mal. We won’t in­crease air­port se­cu­rity,” the of­fi­cer said.

Pres­i­dent’s Of­fice deputy direc­tor gen­eral U Zaw Htay said yes­ter­day that the au­thor­i­ties in­di­cated a pas­sen­ger left the bot­tles due to it be­ing pro­hib­ited to carry liq­uids on-board.

“It raises a ques­tion whether th­ese bot­tles were de­lib­er­ately left,” he said.

How­ever, it seems the air­port’s CCTV sys­tem is un­likely to shed any light on who placed the bot­tles there.

“The cam­era an­gle was ob­structed,” U Zaw Htay said.

The in­ci­dent fol­lows on from mi­nor explosions from home­made de­vices at four lo­ca­tions in Yan­gon over the past two weeks. Mi­nor blasts were re­ported at Ocean Su­per Cen­tre in Mayan­gone town­ship, Cap­i­tal Hyper­mar­ket in Daw­bon town­ship, the im­mi­gra­tion of­fice in South Dagon and the com­pound of the Yan­gon Re­gion gov­ern­ment of­fice.

Po­lice have ar­rested sus­pects in re­la­tion to the blasts, but have yet to re­lease any in­for­ma­tion to the me­dia.

U Zaw Htay said po­lice will hold a press con­fer­ence once they com­plete their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Photo: Aung Myin Ye Zaw

Planes sit on the tar­mac at Yan­gon In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

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