Myanmar: Military, coup opponents trade blame for Yangon bombing that killed one, wounded nine

Myanmar: Military, coup opponents trade blame for Yangon bombing that killed one, wounded nine
No group claimed responsibility for the bomb blast in Myanmar's biggest city of Yangon, but the military and opponents of the country's 2021 coup traded blame.
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The blast at a bus stop in downtown Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city, occurred on Tuesday afternoon [Shwe Paw Mya Tin/NurPhoto/Getty-file photo]

Myanmar state media on Wednesday blamed "terrorists" opposed to junta rule for a deadly bomb blast at a bus stop in its biggest city of Yangon, an accusation denied by members of an exiled shadow government made up of lawmakers deposed during the country's 2021 coup.

The blast in downtown Yangon occurred on Tuesday afternoon, killing one person and wounding nine, according to a charity group.

The Global New Light of Myanmar, which published photographs of some of the bloodied victims, said security forces were investigating.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast but the state newspaper said it was caused by a bomb planted by "PDF [People's Defence Force] terrorists".

Since the military seized power from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi last year, lightly armed PDFs opposed to the junta have sprung up across Myanmar in a bid to take on the army.

In a statement, the defence ministry of the shadow National Unity Government (NUG) condemned the incident and said it would conduct its own an investigation.

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Dr Sasa, a spokesman for the NUG, accused the military of being behind the attack.

"We will do everything we can to get justice for those people," Sasa, who goes by one name, said in the statement on Twitter.

Neither state media nor the NUG provided evidence to back up their allegations and Reuters could not independently verify the claims.

A member of Lin Latt, a charity that helped the victims of the blast, said the wounded were taken to hospital where one died.

Myanmar has been in chaos since the coup, with conflict spreading across the Southeast Asian country after the army crushed mostly peaceful protests in cities.

The Assistance Association of Political Prisoners (AAPP), an activist group, says more than 1,800 people have been killed by the security forces.

Junta authorities have said the AAPP figures are exaggerated and that soldiers have also been killed.

The true picture of the violence has become more difficult to assess since it has spread to more remote rural areas where ethnic minority insurgent groups are also fighting the military.

An international tribunal in The Hague is investigating a brutal 2017 crackdown by Myanmar's military on the largely Muslim Rohingya minority, which has been designated by the United States as an act of genocide. 

(Reuters, AFP)