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March 3, 2024

Two people injured in bomb blast at Yangon immigration office

A man and a woman were injured in the northeast of Yangon when a bomb exploded in a junta immigration office in Myanmar’s largest city.

The blast happened Monday in Dagon Myothit (East), injuring 43-year-old Win Htet Oo and 20-year-old Khin Twel Tar Oo who lived together in the township, according to a junta statement.

The Myanmar Royal Dragon Army-Yangon, a local anti-junta guerrilla unit, claimed responsibility for the attack in an announcement Monday evening. It warned people to stay clear of military personnel.

Junta troops searched the area around the immigration office immediately after the blast, according to a local resident, who wished to remain anonymous for safety reasons.

“I went there a short time after the explosion and the police and soldiers were stopping motorcycles at the bus station,” the local told RFA.

“People were asked to sit in rows next to each other. They were not arrested but their motorcycles were taken.”

Shadow National Unity Government (NUG) Defense Minister Yee Mon told RFA in April that 250 People’s Defense Forces and more than 400 urban guerrilla groups are fighting the junta who toppled Myanmar’s democratically elected government in a Feb. 1, 2021 coup.

The Myanmar Royal Dragon Army is a resistance group with a central unit based in Sagaing region’s Pale township led by Burmese resistance commander Bo Nagar, known as Dragon. Sub groups of the MRDA have been formed in Yangon, Mandalay and Bago.

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