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Simultaneous Explosions Rock Rangoon, 11 Killed


Three explosions have rocked the Burmese capital, killing at least 11 people and wounding more than 160 others.

The nearly simultaneous blasts occurred around 3 p.m. local time today-Saturday at two crowded shopping malls and a convention center in Rangoon. The downtown convention center was hosting a Thai trade fair at the time.

The explosions at the shopping centers, both in the north of the city, severely damaged the exterior of the buildings and sent people streaming into the streets.

State television blamed several ethnic rebel groups for the attacks, including the Karen National Union and the Shan State Army. But a spokeswoman for a regional pro-democracy advocacy group-Debbie Stothard of ALTSEAN told VOA she
doubts that any of those groups was involved.

Burma has been hit by a series of bombings in recent months.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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