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09 June 2011 :: 18:06:40 pm 54789

Myanmar arrests ‘train bomber’

YANGON, June 9, 2011 (AFP) - Myanmar authorities have arrested a suspected ethnic minority Karen rebel accused of planting a bomb on a passenger train near the capital last month, killing two people, official media said Thursday
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The blast, which left nine other people wounded, occurred during a visit by a senior US envoy for talks with the new military-backed government.

According to the New Light of Myanmar newspaper, the culprit confessed to being a supporter of the Karen National Union, whose armed wing is waging a decades-old insurgency in eastern Myanmar.

It said he placed the device in the luggage rack before jumping off the train. He was arrested after a tip-off and admitted he was assigned by senior Karen rebels to carry out the bombing, according to the report.

The military-dominated nation has been hit by several bomb blasts in recent years, which the authorities have blamed on armed exile groups or ethnic minority rebels.

In February, eight people were injured by an explosive device believed to have been detonated accidentally in Myanmar’s main city Yangon, officials said.

In April last year, in the worst attack in five years in Yangon, a series of explosions left 10 people dead and about 170 wounded as thousands of people gathered for festivities to mark the Buddhist New Year.

Report by : AFP

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