A bomb exploded in a government telecommunication center in Kyaikmayaw town, the largest city in Mon state’s Kyiakmayaw Township, at 11pm on April 27th. According to a village chairman from the township, who asked to remain anonymous, 3 government workers at the center were wounded.
Kyaikmayaw town is roughly 100 miles southeast of Rangoon.
“The bomb exploded in Kalainkanaing quarter of the town on the 27th at 11 PM. The bombers arrived by motorbike,” he said.
This headman reported that the blast has elicited fear among Kyaikmayaw town residents, who fear that the large population of and central location of the city might lead to a repeat bombing.
“The people are also concerned, because the explosion occurred in the town [not in a rural area],” he explained.
Since April 15th of this year, four bomb blasts have occurred across the country of Burma. One in Rangoon during the city’s Songkran festivities, one at a mining site in northern Burma’s Kachin State, one in the capital of Karenni State in eastern Burma, and this last explosion in Mon state, located in the south of the country.
The government has accused the opposition groups of committing the first 3 explosions, but have yet to level accusations at any party regarding the Kyaikmayaw blast.
The New Mon State Party (NMSP) has denied responsibility for the bombing.
“We have not heard about this yet, and our party is not related to the explosion, as we haven’t ordered to our members to commit such acts. We want to solve problems in peace,” NMSP Vice- Chairman Nai Rot Sa told IMNA.