Burma's military junta has designated four expatriate dissident groups as terrorist organizations for their alleged involvement in bombings in the country.
A Home Ministry press release earlier this week Wednesday named the four groups as the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, the Federation of Trade Unions of Burma, the All Burma Students Democratic Front and the National League for Democracy-Liberated Area.
The home ministry said people arrested in connection with the bombings have confirmed the involvement of the expatriate groups in terrorist activities.
The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma Friday issued a statement dismissing the military government's accusations of terrorism against it as "baseless and flagrant lies." The U.S.-based group says Burma's rulers are trying to discredit political opponents.
The ministry also said the expatriate groups were involved in fabricated propaganda to cause disunity among ethnic groups. Three of the groups are based in Thailand.