April 2010 Yangon Thingyan Bombings

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April 2010 Yangon Thingyan Bombings
Part of Internal Conflict in Myanmar
Location Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Date 15 April 2010
3:00 pm[1] (GMT+6:30)
Target Civilians
Attack type
Deaths 10[2][3]
Non-fatal injuries

The April 2010 Yangon Thingyan Bombings were bomb blasts that had killed 10 people and injured 178 on 15 April 2010, in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) during Thingyan Water Festival.


Bombings inside or in the vicinity of Yangon have occurred on numerous occasions in the past. In April 2006, five bombs detonated in the centre of the city, no casualties were reported. In September 2008, a bomb exploded outside the Yangon City Hall killing 7 people and injured several others.[3]


On 15 April 2010, three separate blasts occurred in front of the X2O water festival pavilion allegedly sponsored by Than Shwe's grandson[5] near to Kandawgyi Lake, where hundreds of people were celebrating Water Festival.[6][7]


Police Chief Khin Yi said that three members of Vigorous Burmese Student Warriors were responsible for the bomb blasts.[7]

Phyo Wai Aung, an engineer, was charged with alleged involvement in bombing was sentenced to death in May 2012. He pleaded innocent to the charges and said he was tortured during interrogations. He was released under a presidential pardon in August 2012 and died of liver cancer in January 2013.[2][8]


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  2. ^ a b "Man Accused of Thingyan Bombing Dies at Home | The Irrawaddy Magazine". Irrawaddy.org. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Myanmar: Bombings and Pre-Election Tensions". 15 April 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Casualties rise to 178 in Myanmar water festival bomb blasts". News.xinhuanet.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.dictatorwatch.org/prthingyan.html
  6. ^ "Nine die in Rangoon bombings | DVB Multimedia Group". Dvb.no. 15 April 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Phyo Wai Aung’s Family Searches for Truth over Bomb Blast in Thingyan 2010 video | democracy for burma". Democracyforburma.wordpress.com. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "President pardons man convicted of Thingyan bombing". Mmtimes.com. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2014.