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November 17, 2019

Three IEDs explode in Sittway

The second explosion occurs near the rear fence of the Rakhine State Government Secretary’s house in Pyitaw Thar Ward.  Photo: MNA
The second explosion occurs near the rear fence of the Rakhine State Government Secretary’s house in Pyitaw Thar Ward.  Photo: MNA

Three IEDs (improvised explosive devices) exploded in Sittway early yesterday morning, while three more unexploded IEDs were discovered and deactivated.
The first explosion occurred in front of the State Court in Pyitaw Thar Ward around 4:10 a.m., damaging a nearby transformer and resulting in power being cut for more than an hour.
Similarly, a second explosion occurred within a minute of the first, near the rear fence of the Rakhine State government secretary’s house in Pyitaw Thar Ward. A policeman on duty suffered a cut on his head from broken glass, while the windshields of two Mark II cars parked in the compound were cracked when the cars were struck by splinters from the IED.
One minute after the second blast, a third explosion occurred near the state land record office, but there were no damage and no one was reported to have been hurt.

Officials and mine clearance personnel investigating the explosion sites discovered three more IEDS, including one about 12 ft. from the rear fence of Rakhine State government secretary house and two more outside the fence of the state land record office.
The bombs were then deactivated. The uncovered IEDs weighed about 36 pounds and were packed with ball bearings and scrap metal. The deactivated IEDs were found to be remotely controlled.
An investigation had been opened at the Sittway Myoma Police Station and police are conducting further investigations.— Myanmar News Agency

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