20 Oct 2008

Two bombs explode in Myanmar

8:46 pm on 20 October 2008

A bomb killed a man in a town north of Yangon in the second of two blasts in or near Myanmar's capital at the weekend, say police.

The man was killed on Sunday in the town of Shwepyitha, 20 kilometres north of Yangon.

Another bomb exploded on Saturday on a football pitch in Yankin, in northeastern Yangon, according to residents and police. Police discovered the bomb, but were unable to defuse it in time. No one was injured.

Bomb explosions are fairly common in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and the ruling junta usually blames anti-government dissident groups, either armed ethnic groups fighting for greater autonomy or pro-democracy activists.

On 25 September, four people were injured when a bomb went off outside Yangon's city hall - the day before the anniversary of a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters.