Market bomb defused in Myanmar: State Media
Last Updated: Saturday, September 11, 2010, 18:26
Yangon: Myanmar authorities defused a bomb planted near a Yangon market, state media said on Saturday, suggesting the device was part of wider efforts to disrupt the country's first election in two decades.

The bomb, discovered yesterday, was timed to detonate early the following day to cause "mass casualties" among shoppers at the major market, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper said.

"Acting on information sent by a duty-conscious person, authorities concerned were able to defuse a time bomb in time planted on a wooden overpass near Bogyoke Aung San Market," the English-language newspaper reported.

"Insurgents, destructive elements and political opportunists are trying to ramp up instigation and destructive acts with the aim of disrupting the upcoming multi-party democracy election following unrest and violence," added the same report.

Authorities are trying to avoid anti-government feeling ahead of the country's first election since 1990, due on November 7, which has been criticised by activists and the West as a charade to put a civilian face on junta rule.

The military, which has run the country since 1962, has banned civilians from holding any weapons and strictly controls press and other freedoms to maintain its grip on power.

Sporadic eruptions of civil unrest over the years have mostly ended bloodily and with the junta maintaining its position.


First Published: Saturday, September 11, 2010, 18:26

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