Over 600 mine explosions occur in Myanmar's Yangon region since February


YANGON, Aug 28 (Xinhua): Myanmar authorities have arrested 322 suspects in connection with 619 mine explosions that took place in the Yangon region in the past nearly seven months, spokesperson for the State Administration Council told a press conference in the capital.

According to Zaw Min Tun, head of the council's Information Team, 59 other suspects were also arrested for violent acts which killed 84 civilians in Yangon from Feb 1 to Aug. 26.

A total of 199 suspects were also captured for possessing firearms, along with 58 arms, 2,975 rounds of assorted ammunition and related materials in the region.

During the period, 467 events of explosions took place in Mandalay region, in which 74 suspects were arrested, while 68 suspects were detained for committing terror acts which killed 126 civilians, Zaw Min Tun said.

Along with the seizure of 938 arms and 34,351 rounds of assorted ammunition, 156 suspects were also arrested by the regional authorities.

The state power has been held by the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing since a state of emergency was declared in Myanmar on Feb. 1 this year. - Xinhua

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