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Soldiers guard Burma general's home
- Subject: Soldiers guard Burma general's home
- From: moe@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 07 Apr 1997 18:47:00
Subject: Soldiers guard Burma general's home after reports of bombing
Soldiers guard Burma general's home after reports of
April 7, 1997
2.04 a.m. EDT (0604 GMT)
RANGOON, Burma (AP) -- A bomb exploded in the home of a leading
member of Burma's military government, a senior military officer
said Monday. The general was unhurt, he said.
The senior military officer, who demanded anonymity, confirmed
that an explosion had occurred Sunday night at the house of Gen.
Tin Oo, one of Burma's most powerful generals and the possible
target of an earlier bomb attack.
Tin Oo was uninjured, the officer said, declining to comment on
widespread rumors that Tin Oo's eldest daughter had been killed
in a letter bomb explosion.
Several soldiers stood guard Monday morning outside the closed
gates of the general's compound. Earlier, between 20 and 35
soldiers were posted around the house, located in a western
Security police who normally patrol the area said they had heard a
blast in the area sometime between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Sunday. From the street, there was no apparent damage to the
There is already a heavy military presence in Rangoon, as well as
in other Burmese cities, following recent clashes between
Buddhist monks and Muslims. Tensions between the military
government and its democratic and ethnic opponents also are
In July, a small device exploded beneath a government billboard,
located near the U.S. Embassy, urging citizens to crush foreign
stooges and internal enemies of the state. No one was hurt in the
On Christmas Eve, two bombs exploded in a temple housing a
tooth believed to have belonged to Buddha, killing five and injuring
The bomb went off shortly after Tin Oo had visited the temple.
Government officials blamed the blast on the Karen National
Union, a border-based armed wing of an ethnic group seeking
autonomy from Rangoon. The Karen were not believed to have
the capability to stage bombings in the capital.
Government opponents accused the military of planting the
bombs as a pretext for launching a crackdown on the democratic
and ethnic opposition.