09 Jun '11, 7am

Myanmar arrests train bomber

Myanmar arrests train bomber

YANGON: Myanmar authorities have arrested a suspected ethnic minority Karen rebel accused of planting a bomb on a passenger train near the capital last month, killing two people, official media said on Thursday. The blast, which left nine other people wounded, occurred during a visit by a senior US envoy for talks with the new military-backed government. According to the New Light of Myanmar newspaper, the culprit confessed to being a supporter of the Karen National Union, whose armed wing is waging decades-old insurgency in eastern Myanmar. It said he placed the device in the luggage rack before jumping off the train. He was arrested after a tip-off and admitted he was assigned by senior Karen rebels to carry out the bombing, according to the report. The military-dominated nation has been hit by several bomb blasts in recent years, which the authorities have blamed on arm...

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