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Burma Explosion Confirmed II
- Subject: Burma Explosion Confirmed II
- From: Winston_Lee@xxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 07 Apr 1997 11:35:00
Monday, April 7, 1997 5:51 am EDT
RANGOON, Burma (AP) -- A mail bomb exploded in the
of a leading member of Burma's military
government, killing his
eldest daughter, officials and relatives said
A senior military officer confirmed that an
explosion occurred at
8:52 p.m. Sunday at the house of Gen. Tin Oo, the
army chief of
staff and one of Burma's most powerful generals.
Tin Oo was believed to have been the target of a
attack at a Rangoon pagoda. On Christmas Eve, two
exploded in a temple housing a tooth believed to
have belonged to
Buddha, killing five people and injuring 17. The
bomb went off
shortly after Tin Oo visited the temple.
The officer said Tin Oo was not hurt in Sunday's
explosion, but a
member of the general's family confirmed that his
33-year-old Cho Lei Oo, was killed by what was
have been a mail bomb.
A funeral for the mother of two was scheduled for
was married to a major in the Burmese army.
There was no claim of responsibility and the
government did not
initially accuse anyone. The government has blamed
bombings on communists, rebel groups and
leader Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the 1991 Nobel
All deny such charges.
Two rebel groups -- the Karen National Union and
Students Democratic Front -- told The Associated
Bangkok, Thailand, that they had nothing to do
with the blast. The
rebels, under siege in a government offensive,
have never shown a
capability in urban terrorism.
Man Sha, vice secretary-general of the KNU,
attack to a rivalry within the ruling State Law
``This situation does not concern the KNU. It
SLORC,'' Man Sha said. ``Inside their army,
they're having more
and more power struggles.''
Speculation has recently focused on jockeying
Maung Aye, a hard-line former field commander who
Oo among his allies, and Gen. Khin Nyunt, the
powerful head of
A veteran of campaigns against ethnic and
Tin Oo had threatened in public speeches to
opponents of the regime but in general, he rarely
of politics and is a popular commander with the
No one answered the telephone today at Suu Kyi's
political activities have been severely restricted
A member of her political party, the National
Democracy, said her line had been cut.
Several soldiers were seen outside the closed
gates of Tin Oo's
compound this morning. No damage to the one-story
could be seen from the street. Earlier, a couple
stood guard at the house in a western Rangoon
There is already a heavy military presence in
Rangoon and other
Burmese cities following recent clashes between
and Muslims. Tensions between the military
government and its
democratic and ethnic opponents are high.
The military warned Burmese citizens Sunday to
political agitation during the upcoming New Year's
festivities, which culminate April 17, are
celebrated in large part
by citizens dousing each other with water.
Rangoon has suffered several bombings the past
year: A small
explosive device went off in July underneath a
billboard urging citizens to crush the state's
enemies. No one was
The Christmas Eve blast at the pagoda that killed
five was blamed
by the government on the Karen National Union, a
group seeking autonomy from Rangoon.
Government opponents, however, accused the
military of planting
the bombs as a pretext for a crackdown on the
? Copyright 1997 The Associated Press
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