Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bomb blast in Myitkyina; three injured

Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:11 Phanida

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Three people were injured when a bomb exploded near the Myitkyina People’s Hospital in Myitkyina on Wednesday in Kachin State.

The bomb blast occurred about 7:20 a.m. on the corner of the hospital compound near a traffic police sentry box, injuring a young woman and two men, according to police. Their condition is not known.

Police are investigating the type of material used in the explosion.

he location of the bomb explosion in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State. Graphic: KNG

Kachin State is the location of continued fighting between the Kachin Independence Organization (KI)) and government troops, who resumed fighting in June 2011.

Peace talks are underway between the two sides, but there has been no substantial progress in ending the fighting.

The KIO said on Wednesday it could not accept a government offer to hold peace talks in Myitkyina for a fourth round of talks as long as armed clashes were occurring.

The KIO told Mizzima it believes the government is preparing a campaign to overrun its outposts around its headquarters in Laiza. Government troops have been ordered to stand-down by President Thein Sein, but fighting continues unabated.

Sources said that during the past 11 months the KIO has inflicted heavy casualties on government troops, perhaps numbering in the thousands but such figures are hard to verify.

Humanitarian groups say there is an immediate need for a major relief effort to aid up to 50,000 refugees in the area displaced by the fighting. Recently, the U.N. has made small deliveries of food and other material to refugee camps, but only enough to last several thousand refugees one month.

Access to the area has been restricted by the government and the KIO.

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