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article imageBombs during Burmese festival kill 9, injure 170

By R. C. Camphausen     Apr 16, 2010 in World
Yangon - At least nine people were killed and more than 170 injured in a triple bomb attack in Myanmar's biggest city Yangon (Rangoon) on Thursday afternoon during the annual water festival when thousands celebrate the new year.
It was an ominous beginning of New Year when an unknown group, or individuals, detonated three bombs at about 3 p.m. local time Thursday. The blasts occurred near the 20 pavilions erected for celebrations in a park at the sprawling Kandawgyi Lake, where thousands of people came to celebrate New Year, also known as the Water Festival.during which people usually drench each other with water.
Today, however, several people were drenched in blood instead, and hundreds left the scene hastily, so terrorized that many even left their sandals behind.
There are no indications who is responsible for the attracks, yet it is known that the governing military junta is has been a target for several groups they often call insurgents and terrorists, yet which could just as well be described as freedom fighters.
At first, the number of deaths was given as 8, for example in the Epoch Times and Japan Today, yet it soon emerged from the cities hospital that 9 had been killed. The main hospital of Yangon, previously known as Rangoon, saw scenes of chaos because more than 150 people are known to be wounded; though that number may rise.
With the first elections since 1990 coming up in the fall, this start of the New Year may foreshadow more troubles ahead.
The embedded video is not about this particular incident. Rather, it is part of a series about Burma and the junta by award-winning investigative journalist John Pliger.
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