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.
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.
Planes sit on the tarmac at Yangon International Airport.