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One killed in Myanmar bomb blast

By Xinhua

Yangon : A bus conductor was killed when a bomb exploded in Myanmar’s Bago division, the official newspaper New Light of Myanmar reported Thursday.

The bomb went off inside the bus while it was being parked for the passengers to have a break at a restaurant in Pyinpongyi on the Yangon-Mandalay highway, nearly 108 km north of Yangon, the report said.

The bus was on its way from Kyaukkyi to Yangon, it said, adding that an investigation was underway.

The blast was the fourth since last week with the first and the second taking place on Jan 11 in the country’s new capital Nay Pyi Taw and Bago division’s Phyu township respectively, while the third occurred at a railway station in Yangon on Jan 13.

Officials have called on the people to keep constant vigil against alleged saboteurs and expose them by sending information in the wake of these bomb blast incidents.

The authorities accused insurgents of sending terrorists and explosives to the country from across the border to carry out sabotage.

Since the government adopted a policy of national reconciliation in 1989, 17 main anti-government armed groups have made peace with it through cease-fire agreements except the largest of them, the Kayin National Union (KNU).