Blast rocks central Yangon

Explosion on eve of anniversary of government crackdown.

    The explosion occured just outside Yangon's City Hall building [File: EPA]

    The scene of the blast was quickly sealed off by armed police and soldiers.

    The area became a focal point of last year's protests that saw tens of thousands of Buddhist monks and their supporters take to the streets against decades of military rules.

    After days of escalating demonstrations the government launched a crackdown on September 26 in which at least 31 people died.

    Hundreds more were arrested or remain unaccounted for.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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