3 bombs hit Rakhine capital


Sittwe, the capital of Myanmar's restive Rakhine State, has been disturbed by three explosions, as police explained that one officer was slightly wounded while the governments are still investigating any suspects behind the attack.

Four explosions erupted in the state's capital Sittwe at 05:47 a.m. local time (23:17 GMT on Friday), Xinhua Asia&Pacific reported.

Some bombs that failed to detonate were also found at these spots.

"Some streets are being blocked by police already because of the bomb blasts", Zaw Zaw, a local resident of Sittwe, told AFP by phone.

The explosions took place after a blast on Wednesday that killed two people and injured 11 others in Myanmar's northern Shan state.

The crisis garnered worldwide attention and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that the issue was a "humanitarian catastrophe".

Rakhine has been the site of wide-spread fighting between minority Rohingya Muslim insurgents and security forces.

Worldwide attention has focused on that conflict, with the United Nations leading global condemnation of what it says amounts to a military-led ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya.

Around 2 weeks later, the town's administrator was found murdered on the side of the road. Today we know that from Myanmar fled, more than 650 thousands of Muslim Rohingya ethnic group.

He said it was unlikely that the bombs were linked to the Rohingya - who also have a militant wing - as very few Muslims have mobility in the capital.

Communal violence in Sittwe in 2012 displaced more than 120,000 Rohingya Muslims now confined to camps outside of the city, where most Rakhine Buddhists remain.

Over the past six months, the vast majority of Myanmar's 1.1-million Rohingya population have emptied out of northern Rakhine in the mass exodus to Bangladesh.

The explosions come nearly exactly six months to the day since northern Rakhine was plunged into crisis on August 25 when Rohingya rebels raided police posts, killing at least a dozen officials.