8 explosions and shooting death of accused informant reported in Yangon

By Myanmar Now

EIGHT explosives went off this morning (May 27) in Yangon’s Thaketa Township, where a local ward administrator was also shot and killed by three gunmen in the latest sign of escalating violence by anti-regime forces.

The explosions took place near the township’s No. 1 and No. 2 police stations, a local market, the No. 37 primary school, and on Myoma 9th Street and Marn Pyay 20th Street.

Bhone Ngwe, a ward administrator, was shot dead by three men, according to a local resident who spoke to Myanmar Now on condition of anonymity.

Many junta-appointed ward administrators have been accused of tipping off regime authorities about the activities and whereabouts of activists.

“He was a notorious informant. Many of those who got arrested were because of him,” the Thaketa resident said of Bhone Ngwe.

“He even cooked for and fed the junta’s armed forces. At night, he would go along with these guys to show them the houses [of dissidents]. I heard he was shot at his home at around 7:30am,” he added.

Two separate explosions were reported at the No. 2 Police Station. Some soldiers and police who went to investigate the first explosion were injured when a second one went off soon after they arrived, according to the Thaketa resident.

Myanmar Now was unable to independently verify this information at the time of reporting.

Ward administrators and their offices have been targeted in bomb and arson attacks in towns and cities across the country in the wake of the regime’s brutal crackdowns on peaceful anti-coup protests.

The exact number of such attacks remains unknown, but recent incidents suggest that opponents of the junta are using increasingly violent tactics to fight back against the regime.

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Top: Anti-coup protesters with homemade air rifles during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on April 3. Photo: AP and published by MSN News

Home Page: An anti-coup rally in Tamu town on the Indian border on February 16. Photo: Supplied and published by Myanmar Now

 

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