YANGON (Reuters) – A bomb explosion yesterday in Myanmar’s northeastern city of Lashio killed two bank workers and injured 11 people, the government said. Police said they were investigating but had no word on possible suspects.
“We just received a (local) police report about the bomb blast in Lashio this evening,” police spokesman Col Thet Naing based in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw said by phone.
“Two innocent women dead, 11 civilians injured,” government spokesman Zaw Htay said in a post on Twitter.
Another police spokesman Col Myo Thu Soe said the police could not name any suspects at this stage. “We’re still investigating,” he said.
A resident of Lashio, 27-year-old Lway Dehnin, said she heard the explosion around 4.30pm near two banks located at the heart of the city.
“The explosion happened near Aya and Yoma banks. The windows in the buildings were broken. Also the windows of the ministry of health and some nearby houses were broken,” said Lway Dehnin.
Yoma Bank issued a statement saying two of its workers at its Lashio branch had been killed and that its two Lashio branches would be temporarily closed. “Yoma Bank will continue to stand as one bank in this sorrowful situation,” said the bank.
Lashio is one of the largest cities in restive Shan state where several ethnic armed groups wage insurgencies against the military. Bomb blasts in Shan are not unusual, but aretypically much smaller. Civilian fatalities and injuries as a result of such incidents are rare.