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Call to fight acts of terror as fresh bomb blasts rattle Burma

Friday, October 18, 2013

Three bombs exploded in eastern Burma, leaving one person dead, the latest in a series of explosions denounced as "acts of terror."

Burmese media also branded the bombings a "terrorist act" and said they appeared to be targeted at tourist spots as the country gears up for an influx of visitors.

The three bombs exploded on Wednesday night and early yesterday morning in restive Shan state near the Chinese border. A municipal worker was killed.

The region has been shaken in recent years by fighting between the military and ethnic minority rebels.

Western governments have warned travelers to exercise extreme caution after the series of minor blasts, including one at the luxury Traders Hotel in Rangoon late on Monday that injured an American woman. No group has claimed responsibility for the string of blasts.

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"We are confident in the people of this country to confront such acts of terror with strength, determination and a continued commitment to national peace," the US embassy in Rangoon said.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


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