Burmese suicide bomb?

AFP reports that a man being questioned by police in Burma detonated an explosive device, which killed him and injured four of the officers.

“A man about 30 years old exploded the bomb and killed himself. Four police beside him were injured during the blast at the police station,” a resident of Loikaw town in Karenni state told AFP, requesting anonymity.We do not know how he exploded the bomb,” he said.

The report does not make clear why the man had been detained by police. Burma has been hit by a spate of explosions in recent weeks in the run-up to controversial national elections. Perhaps he detonated a grenade or a device he was on his way to plant and the police failed to search him?

To the best of my knowledge this is the first time this has happened in Burma, so it may well be a one-off.

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