Three bombs exploded in Sittwe, a northwestern city in Myanmar on Saturday, slightly injuring a policeman. No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts and the police said that the authorities were still working to determine who was behind the bombings.
One of the bombs went off around 4:30 a.m., exploding in the backyard of an outspoken state government secretary, Tin Maung Swe who is one of the highest-ranking officials in the administration. The other two bombs exploded near the high court and a land record office.
Just three days earlier, a large bomb killed two bank employees and injured nearly two dozen other people in the northeastern city of Lashio, where several ethnic insurgent groups are fighting the Myanmar military.
Police spokesperson, Colonel Myo Thu Soe told Reuters, “There’re suspects, but now is not the time to talk. Police are trying to make sure about the suspects by analysing the structure of the bombs.” He also said that three other unexploded bombs were found in the city.
Sittwe is the capital of Myanmar’s violence-torn Rakhine where Rohingya Muslim insurgent attacks triggered a massive military response that forced 688,000 Rohingya across the border into Bangladesh. Many of them recounted killings, rape and arson by Myanmar soldiers and police.
The United Nations and the United States have called the crackdown on the Rohingya ethnic cleansing, but the government of Aung San Suu Kyi has blocked U.N. investigators and other independent monitors from the conflict zone. Myanmar says its forces have been engaged in a legitimate campaign against Muslim “terrorists”. Rakhine is also home to a Rakhine insurgent group, the Arakan Army.
Rakhine police Chief Colonel Aung Myat Moe told Reuters that security was being tightened in the city and police were inspecting exit roads out of Sittwe.