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Myanmar probes suspected bomb blast at luxury hotel

Update: October, 15/2013 - 12:06

YANGON – Myanmar was investigating on Tuesday a suspected bomb blast at a luxury Yangon hotel that wounded a US woman, the latest in a series of explosions in the nation.

The injured American was taken to hospital with wounds to her thigh and her hand after the blast ripped through a guest room at the Traders Hotel in central Yangon late on Monday, police said.

"We assume that it was a bomb blast but we are still trying to find out more information," a police official at the scene who did not want to be named said.

Military officials and soldiers with sniffer dogs were seen at the hotel while shattered glass covered 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.

A man and a woman were killed and another person injured in an explosion on Friday at a guesthouse in the town of Taunggu, about 65 kilometres from the capital Naypyidaw, police said.

Two other devices exploded in Yangon on Sunday – one at a bus stop and another under a truck, which wounded two teenagers, according to authorities.

"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.

"We're still investigating. The system they used is the same in all the cases. We think an organisation or a person planted them all," he said by telephone from Naypyidaw on Monday, speaking before the blast at the Traders Hotel. AFP

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