Bombs explode in Myanmar near border with Kanchanaburi

Bombs explode in Myanmar near border with Kanchanaburi

Smoke from two bomb explosions in Phyathonezu township in Myanmar on Saturday is seen from the Three Pagodas Pass checkpoint in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi. (Photo by Piyarat Chongcharoen)
Smoke from two bomb explosions in Phyathonezu township in Myanmar on Saturday is seen from the Three Pagodas Pass checkpoint in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi. (Photo by Piyarat Chongcharoen)

KANCHANABURI: Two bombs exploded in Myanmar close to the border with this western province on Saturday night, local media reported.

The explosions -- the first at 10.10pm and the other at 10.33pm -- took place in Phyathonezu township, with the noise clearly audible at Phra Chedi Sam Ong border checkpoint in Sangkhla Buri district. 

After the explosions, a fire broke out at a school about 60 metres from the Thai border. The flames were clearly visible from Phra Chedi Sam Ong border checkpoint, also known as Three Pagodas Pass, at Moo 9 village in tambon Nong Lu.

Soldiers from the Lat Ya Force, border patrol police and district officials were deployed at the border checkpoint to keep watch.

A security source told reporters at the checkpoint on Sunday morning that the bombs went off at a secondary school, causing slight damage to a school building and a wall. There were no reports of casualties.

The explosions were believed to be from improvised devices. It was not known whether the incident was the work of a force opposed to the military regime in Myanmar, said the source.

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