Bombing shocked Yangon on Wednesday morning. Bombs exploded near the front gate of Myanmar’s main prison for political detainees and killed at least eight people including visitors and prison personnel.
Five people who were delivering parcels to prisoners and three prison staff were killed when two bombs exploded around 9:40 AM local time. The blasts occurred inside and outside of the parcel reception office near the main iron gate of Insein prison in Yangon.
The military’s information office confirmed in a statement that five visitors including a 10-year-old girl and three prison staff were killed and that an unexploded bomb had also been found in a parcel.
It said 13 visitors including a nine-year-old boy and five prison personnel were being treated for injuries at Insein township hospital. The prison has been notorious for decades for housing political prisoners detained under various military governments.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack. The Yangon revolution force Yangon urban guerrillas and general strike committee all resistance groups engaged in struggle against the military government released statements on their Facebook pages condemning the attacks for hurting civilians.