2018 Lashio bombing

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2018 Lashio bombing
LocationLashio, Shan State, Myanmar
Coordinates22°56′17″N 97°44′47″E / 22.938062°N 97.746330°E / 22.938062; 97.746330Coordinates: 22°56′17″N 97°44′47″E / 22.938062°N 97.746330°E / 22.938062; 97.746330
Date21 February 2018
4:30 pm (UTC+6:30)
Attack type
Bombing
Deaths2
Injuries
22

The 2018 Lashio bombing was a bomb blast in Lashio, Shan State, Myanmar that killed two employees of Yoma Bank and injured 22 others.

Background[edit]

Bombings are not uncommon in Shan State, where there is an ongoing conflict between the government of Myanmar and various insurgent groups. However, bombings tend to be small-scale and civilian casualties are rare.[1]

Bombing[edit]

At around 4:30 pm (MMT) on 21 February 2018, a bomb exploded between two banks, Yoma Bank and Aya Bank, immediately killing two employees of the former.[1][2] Twenty-two others were injured in the blast.[3][4][5]

Aftermath[edit]

On 23 February 2018, the government of Shan State announced it would compensate victims of the bombing, offering 500,000 kyats ($375 USD) to the families of the two deceased and 200,000 to 300,000 kyats to those injured.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Aung, Thu Thu; Naing, Shoon (2018). "Two dead, 22 hurt from bomb blast in northeast Myanmar city Lashio". Reuters. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Explosion at bank in northern Myanmar kills 2, wounds 21". Vancouver Sun. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  3. ^ Beech, Hannah; Nang, Saw (21 February 2018). "A Bombing in Northern Myanmar Signals Strife Beyond the Rohingya". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Bomb blast kills two women bank staff in Lashio township". The Myanmar Times. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Bomb attacks in Myanmar's northern state affect govt's effort on national reconciliation: Aung San Suu Kyi". www.xinhuanet.com. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Shan state govt pledges compensation to victims of Lashio bomb blast- DVB Multimedia Group". DVB Multimedia Group. 23 February 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.