Monday, July 24, 2017

Explosions hit South Dagon immigration office

Four explosions were set off at the South Dagon township immigration office this afternoon starting around 2pm, police have confirmed to The Myanmar Times. No injuries have been reported.

Police reported no one was injured in the series of blasts this afternoon. Photo: Ye Mon / The Myanmar TimesPolice reported no one was injured in the series of blasts this afternoon. Photo: Ye Mon / The Myanmar Times

Police sealed the premises, located on Pyi Daung Su street and 64th street.

“The blasts were timed three minutes apart,” said a police officer at the South Dagon station. “At the time being, the incident is still under investigation.”

The officer added that the township immigration office was not occupied at the time of the blasts, as it is a public holiday.

“No one was injured and there was no damage. It was a small-scale explosion,” the officer who asked not to be named said.

The explosions follow two similar incidents targeting retail outlets in the commercial capital earlier this month. The first occurred at the Ocean Super Centre on the corner of Pyay Road and Taw Win Street in Mayangone township. The two blasts, one in the men’s ground floor restroom and one in the complex’s car park, occurred around 8:15pm on November 17, according to The Global New Light of Myanmar. The blasts appeared to have been prompted by chemical liquids mixed in homemade devices.

On November 20, four ‘homemade explosives’ also rocked the Capital Hypermarket in Dawbon township. Images from CCTV footage at the hypermarket purportedly showing three suspects have circulated social media, but have not been confirmed by police.


Translation by Zaw Nyunt