23 February 2018
1. On Wednesday 21 February at 4:40 p.m. an improvised explosive device (IED) setup by an organization, still under investigation, exploded between Yoma Bank and Ayeyarwady Bank at the junction of Lanmadaw Street and Shwebo street, Ward (2), Lashio Town, Shan State killing two innocent women bank staff members and wounding 9 men and 12 women. Innocent people have suffered loss of life and injury. For this I share my sympathies and deep sorrow with the bereaved families.
2. This act of terrorism resulting in the death and injury of innocent people greatly affects the national reconciliation and peace effort that the Union government is consistently striving for.
3. This terrorist act that targets public places and innocent civilians is strongly condemned and to protect the life and property of the people and for rule of law, the perpetrators of this act shall be exposed and effective action taken in accordance with the law.
Aung San Suu Kyi
National Reconciliation and Peace Centre