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Bomb Explodes in Myanmar, Killing 2

April 27, 2005

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) _ A bomb exploded at a busy market in Myanmar’s key tourist city of Mandalay Tuesday, killing at least two people and wounding 14 others, officials said.

The blast occurred on the ground floor of the Zay Cho market in Mandalay, the country’s second largest city, Tuesday evening, a city official said on condition of anonymity.

The two dead and at least 12 of the wounded were women, the official said. It was not immediately known if any foreign tourists were wounded.

Mandalay, 350 miles north of the capital of Yangon, is the country’s cultural hub and an important tourist destination.

There was no immediate word on who or what group carried out the attack. A bomb that exploded at the same market four years ago and wounded eight people was blamed on an ethnic Shan rebel group.

Myanmar has been ruled by the military since 1962. The current regime took power in 1988 after crushing a pro-democracy uprising. The junta keeps tight control over the population and anti-government violence is rare, often bringing quick and severe punishment.

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