Burma: eight dead, 18 injured in explosions outside a Yangon prison

Burma: Eight dead, 18 injured in explosions outside Yangon prison

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At least two bombs exploded outside a prison in Yangon, killing eight and injuring 18, the Burmese junta announced on Wednesday. 

The attack targeted people queuing to drop off packages for friends or relatives detained at Insein prison, the Military Government Information Service statement detailed.

Des “terrorists” are behind these explosions, assured the junta.

Three of the deceased victims are prison employees, according to local media citing prison officials.

Images relayed by local media show traces of blood on the ground around a counter with broken windows behind.

According to a witness, the security forces blocked the entrances leading at the prison which dates from the colonial period and where, according to human rights groups, hundreds of political prisoners have been held since the coup Military status as of February 2021.

Myanmar has been in the throes of a violent civil conflict since the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi, detained in the capital Naypyidaw, was overthrown.