Serial mine explosions in northern Myitkyina


Three mines exploded in quick succession on Tuesday night, in Kachin capital Myitkyina, Northern Burma. The bombs targeted buildings of the military-backed Burmese government, said residents.

The first mine blast occurred at a building housing the No. 1 Police Station in Aye Yar quarter downtown at about 11:30 p.m. local time. The second mine, was triggered in the Immigration Office in the same quarter after a few minutes of the first explosion, said eyewitnesses.

Later after midnight the third mine exploded in a government building in the Pangmati quarter, near the government’s Northern Command, added eyewitnesses.
No government report on casualties has been released on the serial mine explosions, said local residents.

A KIA officer on condition of anonymity from Laiza headquarters in eastern Kachin State confirmed to the Kachin News Group that the explosions were triggered by the KIA.

The KIA, the second largest ethnic armed group in multi-ethnic Burma, has given a green signal to its soldiers to attack government troops as well as all government infrastructures after the Burmese Army started a military offensive against KIA in Sang Gang in N’mawk (Momauk) Township in Manmaw (Bhamo) district on June 9.

The government offensive ended the 17-year-old ceasefire and started renewed civil war in Northern Burma in Kachin State and Shan State.