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Bomb blast in Rangoon
- Subject: Bomb blast in Rangoon
- From: ausgeo@xxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 26 Dec 1996 17:48:00
Democratic Voice of Burma ( SYDNEY )
Buddha tooth pilgrims die in bomb blast
Rangoon: A bomb killed four people at a pagoda frequented by
leaders of the military regime and thousands of pilgrims paying
homage to a relic believed to be a tooth of the Buddha.
An official government newspaper, the New Light of Myanmar , reported
the explosion and also said 18 people were injured. All are
believed to be Burmese. No claim of responsibility was mentioned.
The tooth relic, believed to be one of two surviving since the
Buddha's death 2500 years ago, was not damaged the newspaper said.
It is on loan from China. The newspaper did not cite any specific
bombing suspect, but the language as similar to that usually leveled
at pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party and alleged communist
guerrillas the regime blames for whipping up the students.
According to the New Light of Myanmar, an initial explosion rocked
the Kaba Aye, or World Peace, pagoda at 8.20 pm. No one was hurt_ the
bomb did not explode near an entrance used by pilgrims.
But two hours later, as authorities were investigating the blast,
another bomb, believed to be hidden in a flower vase, went off
inside the temple that was filling with pilgrims.
27 December 1996
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
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