September 25, 2008

Blast in Burma’s Rangoon Injures Three – Kyodo

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo

Yangon [Rangoon], Sept. 25 Kyodo - A small blast occurred at a bus stop in central Yangon on Thursday, injuring three people, sources confirmed.

The explosion, believed to have been caused by a small bomb, occurred around 10:40 a.m. at the bus stop in front of City Hall, the sources said.

The three injured people were waiting at the bus stop, the sources said.

The explosion occurred amid tightened security in Yangon and other towns across the country to prevent opposition activists from engaging in anti-junta protests during the anniversary of last year's "Saffron Revolution."

City Hall is located next to Sule Pagoda in the heart of Yangon, where many monks led large-scale anti-junta protests last September. The protests were brutally put down by the junta, leaving at least 31 people dead, according to UN figures.

It is the second explosion in Yangon this month.

Originally published by Kyodo News Service, Tokyo, in English 0715 25 Sep 08.

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