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Burmese Junta Links Bomb Attacks To Thailand Drug Crackdown - 2003-05-25


Burma's ruling junta says a series of bomb attacks last week in one of the country's border towns was linked to a drug crackdown in neighboring Thailand.

At least four people died in explosions on Wednesday after blasts in the town of Tachilek on the Thai border. The Burmese government initially blamed the Shan State Army -- one of the few rebel outfits still fighting against official rule.

But the Burmese government said today (Sunday) in a statement that the attacks were the result of tensions that have built up as Thailand prepares for a July crackdown on organized crime. The government said the blasts were an attempt to derail the good relations between the two nations.

The attacks came two days after a meeting in Tachilek where officials from both sides agreed to build a new bridge linking Tachilek with the Thai town of Mae Sai.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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