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Burma-blast,sched-6thlead : Senior junta official's
daughter killed in blast
RANGOON, April 7 (AFP) - A parcel bomb exploded
at the home of
Lieutenant General Tin Oo, a top general in
Burma's ruling junta,
killing his eldest daughter, diplomats and
officials said Monday.
The bomb went off Sunday night in the bedroom of
wife, Khin Than Nwe, who was absent at the time,
a source close
to the family told AFP, adding that Tin Oo had
been present in the
house but was not injured.
The daughter, Cho Le Oo, 33, was speaking on the
the room and took the full force of the blast,
the source added.
Tin Oo is second secretary of the junta,
officially known as the
State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC),
as well as army
chief of staff and head of the bureau of special
An information sheet from military intelligence
"terrorist bomb explosion" and the death of Tin
Oo's daughter. It did
not say who the government believed was
responsible for the
attack, saying only that an initial investigation
explosive was a parcel bomb.
The US Embassy said it had received confirmation from
"competent authorities" that a parcel bomb was
responsible for the
People living in the vicinity reported a large
explosion at around
8:30 p.m. (1400 GMT Sunday). Security was immediately
reinforced around the compound.
The family source said Cho Le Oo had received a
asking if she had found some mail from Japan,
members of her family were visiting, among a
stack of unopened
letters and parcels in her mother's room.
Finding a package with Japanese stamps on it, she
opened it and
set off the explosive device, the source said.
Cho Le Oo was married to an army major and had
one son and
one daughter, the source said. Her funeral is due
to be held on
The bombing came amid stricter security in the
capital ahead of
celebrations in the run-up to Burmese New Year on
following nationwide unrest marked by a score of
mosques and other Moslem property.
Diplomatic sources in Rangoon said that there
were a large
number of soldiers around Tin Oo's compound but
situation in the rest of the capital appeared to
be normal given the
current security alert.
There was no official indication of who might be
the explosion, but some sources said suspicion
had fallen on
ethnic guerrillas of the Karen National Union (KNU).
Tin Oo toured captured KNU bases in southern
Burma last week in
the region of Minthamee, near the border with
The KNU has said it would consider terrorist
action against strategic
military targets in Burmese towns following a
offensive through its enclaves close to the Thai
began in February.
However, Mahn Sha, KNU joint first general
secretary, denied that
the rebel group was responsible for the attack.
Reached by AFP's Bangkok bureau at the Thai
border, Mahn Sha
said he believed the blast was the result of
within the SLORC.
Other analysts speculated that the attack could
have been launched
by Moslem extremists, seeking retribution for a
anti-Moslem attacks by Buddhist monks across the
The use of a sophisticated device such as a
parcel bomb was
beyond the experience of ethnic opposition
Rangoon-based analyst said.
"It is inconsistent with any terrorist practice
in Burma's political
history," the analyst said. "The most intriguing
be Moslem extremists."
While the government blamed last month's unrest
many analysts believe the SLORC had a hand in
violence, which was ostensibly sparked by an
rape of a Buddhist girl by a Moslem man.