Bomb blast reported at police station in downtown Yangon 

Two anti-junta guerrilla groups said they bombed a police station in downtown Yangon on Tuesday, the latest in a series of similar attacks in the former capital in recent months.

A group called the Yangon Anti-Dictatorship Force said it bombed the fourth floor of the Kyauktada Township police station on Sule Pagoda road early in the morning. 

The group said it teamed up with another guerrilla force called 44st-UG, a name given in honour of activists who died during a military raid on Yangon’s 44th street in August. 

“After the incident, we were able to retreat safely,” the statement read. 

A woman who lives near the police station said she did not know if there were any casualties from the blast. “It was 7:30am and it had just stopped raining when I heard a loud bang. I initially thought it was a thunderclap. It was so scary that my heart went racing,” she said.

Junta forces tightened security in the area and began inspecting pedestrians, she said, citing other locals. Three young men were seen being interrogated by police, she added. 

Attacks against junta targets have escalated since June in response to murderous crackdowns by the junta against peaceful protesters. 

Several blasts and shootings were also reported on Monday in the Yangon townships of Kamayut, Hlaing and North Okkalapa, reportedly resulting in several deaths and injuries. 

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