Press release on planting mines and blowing up Mandalay-Yangon down-train carrying the public
Nay Pyi Taw May 27
The State Administration Council has been exerting efforts in all sectors for the stability in the country and socioeconomic development and has expanded train services which are important in transportation by facilitating the travels of the public and commodity flow. The public is also travelling with pleasure. Moreover, the SAC has continued to comply with provisions of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement to restore perpetual peace aspired by the entire country.
Meanwhile, No (2) down-train leaving Mandalay for Yangon on 26 May night was blown up with a homemade bomb planted by a group of terrorist insurgents between mileposts 125/14 and 125/15 about 3,700 metres southeast of Nyaungbinthar Station in Phyu Township at about 9.30 pm. The blast left a crater measuring three feet in diameter and three feet in depth. Five sleepers of the railroad and the floor of the mine-clearing carriage were damaged while five carriages including a mine-clearing carriage, two passenger carriages, an operators’ carriage and the engine derailed without injuring the passengers and the railway staff.
Groups of terrorist insurgents who oppose the State plant mines and blow up trains carrying the public without any reason. A group of terrorist insurgents planted mines and blew up No (2) Mandalay-Yangon down-train between mileposts 121/6 and 121/7 between Kanyutkwin and Tawkyein stations in 1984, killing 10 passengers and injuring 15 others. Similarly, a group of terrorist insurgents planted mines and blew up No (2) down-train leaving Mandalay near Kwinchaung Bridge between Kanyutkwin and Tawkyein stations on 21 May 1996, leaving nine passengers dead and seven others injured. There were many other incidents in which the public had to suffer losses of lives and property due to planting and detonating mines along railroads and it is learnt that the public has strongly condemned such acts.
It is found that the group of insurgents, who commit violent acts, deliberately conducted such act of sabotage in order to cause harmfulness and damages to lives and wellbeing of the people, who wish to peacefully live and work, and to make them panic and dam-age stability and tranquility of the community.
In respect of the act of inhumane, violent sabotage that causes deaths and damages to the innocent people, the people are urged to oppose and condemn it and cooperate with security personnel to ensure security of the community. As regards the attacks conducted and targetted by the group of violent insurgents on lives and wellbeing of the innocent and nonmilitary people, the Tatma-daw strongly condemns such violent acts. It is announced that the ethnic armed groups who have signed the National Cease-fire Agreement (NCA) are urged to adhere to the NCA giving consideration on the terms and conditions mentioned in the agreement.
State Administration Council