Coup leader Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing said yesterday that the political conflict that has engulfed the country in unrest and violence has calmed as bombs exploded in Yangon, injuring residents.
Speaking at a meeting with his junta government ministers and military leaders in Naypyidaw, the coup leader attempted to project a return to normal, adding that efforts were made to minimize casualties in attacks on the People’s Defense Force.
“Some security personnel and innocent people lost their lives in these acts of terror. Now, the country is in a state of tranquility,” he said.
The reality tells a different story. On the same day in Yangon, where anxiety is surging along with a crime surge, two people were critically injured by one of two afternoon bomb blasts. Residents told reporters that the explosions took place in public amid growing insecurity.
Five people were injured – three severely – when a bomb exploded at around 3pm near the Bar Street bus stop in the middle block of 35th Street. Rescue workers rushed the injured to Yangon General Hospital, where two were in critical condition.
About an hour later, another explosion occurred near 30th Street. No causalities were reported.
It was the first time a bomb hit a civilian bus stop in Yangon. No one has yet taken credit for the attack.
YANGON —One person was killed and at least seven people were said to have been injured after an IED detonated at Bar Lan bus stop on Anawrahta Road at around 3.20 p.m. today, according to witnesses. “The sound of the explosion was really loud. It could be heard from Pansodan St. pic.twitter.com/4F7EVGWjDd— DVB English (@DVB_English) May 31, 2022