Crude bomb explodes in Myanmar government office

Crude bomb explodes in Myanmar government office

A police bomb squad patrol arrives near Yangon Regional Government office after two explosions in Yangon on Friday. (EPA photo)
A police bomb squad patrol arrives near Yangon Regional Government office after two explosions in Yangon on Friday. (EPA photo)

YANGON - Media reports in Myanmar say a crude bomb has exploded at a government office in Yangon.

Myanmar News Agency says the blast on Friday evening caused no injuries as it was a holiday. It says security forces also found another homemade bomb nearby and detonated it safely.

A similar explosion occurred on Thursday at an immigration office in Yangon, and two more on Nov 17 at a market.

No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts, and police did not name suspects.

Reuters also reported on Saturday Indonesian police arrested a suspected Islamist militant and seized a large quantity of bomb-making material that he planned to use in attacks on government buildings and the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta next month, a police spokesman said.

The suspect was identified as Rio Priatna Wibawa, 23, who is believed to be a member of an Indonesian group that supports Islamic State.

Local media reported that the amount of explosives seized would have resulted in a blast twice as powerful as the bomb that killed 202 people in a Bali nightclub in 2002.

Wibawa, who studied agricultural science at university and was unemployed, was a self-taught bomb-maker who had planned to distribute explosives to several places across Indonesia, Reuters quited police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar on Saturday.

Indonesia has seen a string of Islamic State-linked attacks this year, the biggest of which was a gun and bomb assault in the capital Jakarta that killed four people in January.

Authorities are concerned about a resurgence in radicalism and say there are hundreds of Islamic State sympathisers in Indonesia, home to the biggest Muslim population in the world.

Lately, anger has been mounting in the Muslim-majority nations in Southeast Asia, such as Indonesia and Malaysia, over a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, leading to demonstrations in several cities, including Jakarta.

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