Explosion hits hotel in Myanmar's main city

One US woman is wounded in the latest of a series of mysterious blasts in the country over recent days.

    An explosion has struck one of the most prestigious hotels in Myanmar's main city just before midnight, ripping apart a guest room and wounding one American - the latest in a series of unexplained blasts to hit the Southeast Asian country.

    Monday's blast was the latest in a series of mysterious bomb explosions in the former military-ruled country that have left two people dead and several wounded in recent days.

    We cannot say who is responsible for these acts.

    Police Lieutenant General Min Aung

    A police official who did not want to be named told the AFP news agency that it was a suspected bomb.

    "An American woman who was staying inside the room was injured during the blast,"  the official said at the scene of the explosion at the Traders Hotel.

    The woman was taken to the Yangon General Hospital with wounds to her thigh and her hand, the official said. He said the blast was believed to have happened in the guest's bathroom.

    Her husband and two children, who were also staying in the hotel, were not injured. Military officials and soldiers with sniffer dogs were seen at the hotel while shattered glass lay on the road outside.

    The hotel, part of the Shangri-La group, is located in the heart of Myanmar's commercial hub. It is popular with foreign tourists and visiting business people.

    The incident came amid heightened security concerns in the country following a series of bomb blasts by unknown perpetrators.

    "We cannot say who is responsible for these acts," said Police Lieutenant General Min Aung of the Myanmar Police Force's intelligence and security department.

    Bomb blasts were relatively common under the former junta, which usually blamed the explosions on armed exile groups or ethnic rebels. But such explosions are less common under a new quasi-civilian government which took power in 2011, promising political reforms and efforts to end long-running ethnic insurgencies.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.