Myanmar junta blames blast on anti-election groups

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October 1, 2010 06:52

 
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YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar's military government said a bomb explosion damaged a local municipal office and blamed "political opportunists" of stepping up violence to disrupt next month's elections, state media reported Friday.

The state-controlled Myanma Ahlin newspaper said the blast occurred Wednesday evening in Bago, 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Yangon. The device was described as a time-bomb made of TNT that blew a hole in a fence-like wall outside the local council office and shattered two office windows. No one was hurt.

The report blamed two other recent attempted attacks — the discovery of a bomb near a Yangon tourist market and mines at a power grid outside the city — on a wide variety of anti-government groups.

It accused "insurgents, destructive elements and political opportunists who are trying to ramp up instigation and destructive acts with the aim of disrupting the upcoming multiparty democracy election."

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