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Burmese student dissidents deny i
- Subject: Burmese student dissidents deny i
- From: moe@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 08 Apr 1997 17:34:00
Subject: Burmese student dissidents deny involvement in general's house bombing
Burmese student dissidents deny
involvement in general's house bombing
BANGKOK, April 8 (AFP) - A leading militant
Burmese student group has denied
involvement in the bombing of the house of a
powerful member of Burma's military
junta in which his daughter was killed.
"We had no involvement whatsoever in this
incident," said a statement from the All
Burma Students' Democratic Front (ABSDF)
received by AFP late Monday.
A parcel bomb exploded on Sunday night at the
home of Lieutenant General Tin
Oo, killing his eldest daughter Cho Le Oo.
Tin Oo is second secretary of the Burmese junta,
officially known as the State Law
and Order Restoration Council (SLORC), as well
as army chief of staff and head of
the bureau of special operations.
The ABSDF said it believed that the attack had
been carried out by someone within
the SLORC, citing recent reports suggesting that
there was a serious rift in the
junta which seized power in 1988.
"We consider this incident to be a clear
indication of an escalating power struggle
within the regime," the statement said.
"We, the ABSDF, believe that due to the high
level of security which surrounds
General Tin Oo, yesterday's bomb blast could
only have been carried out by
someone within the SLORC," it added.
The Karen National Union (KNU), the only major
ethnic rebel group yet to sign a
ceasefire with Rangoon, likewise issued a denial
Monday of involvement in the
attack, blaming it on an internal SLORC power
The Burmese military government has accused the
KNU and the ABSDF of being
responsible for every bombing in Burma over the
The ABSDF was formed in the jungle near the
Thai-Burmese border by Burmese
pro-democracy students who fled the country
following the 1988 coup.
Sunday's bombing came amid stricter security in
Rangoon ahead of celebrations in
the run-up to Burmese New Year on April 17,
following nationwide unrest marked
by a score of anti-Moslem attacks.
Analysts in Rangoon suggested earlier that the
bombing may have been carried out
by Moslem extremists, citing accusations from
dissident groups that the
government may have had a hand in fuelling the