2 reported killed in Myanmar border town

August 7, 2010 07:30


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BANGKOK – At least two people were killed and several other wounded when a bomb exploded in a crowded market in a Myanmar border town Friday, the Mizzima news agency reported.

According to the news agency, the blast occurred in the evening in the town of Myawaddy, across a river from Thailand, run by Myanmar exiles in Thailand. The explosive was believed to be thrown from a vehicle into the night bazaar.

It was unclear whether the attack was related to fighting between Myanmar's military and the ethnic minority Karen, who are seeking an independent state, or criminal activities.

The town is a center for both a vigorous illegal cross-border trade and smuggling of goods and people, mainly laborers seeking employment in Thailand.

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