Bomb Explosion on Train in Central Myanmar Kills Two

A bomb exploded on a passenger train in central Myanmar on Wednesday, killing two passengers and injuring nine others, state media reported Thursday.

The blast occurred at 3:55 p.m. in the third carriage of the train traveling from Yangon to Mandalay, killing a woman and a man on the spot, and injuring four women and five men, the report in the New Light of Myanmar daily said.

The blast, which occurred about 48 kilometers north of the administrative capital of Naypyitaw, also ripped off the roof of the carriage, it said.

An investigation into the blast is still ongoing, the report added.

Myanmar authorities have in the past blamed an ethnic insurgent group, the Karen National Union, for such bombings.

In 2008, a bomb explosion at Naypyitaw railway station killed one woman.

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