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Myanmar policeman killed in Naypyidaw grenade attack

A policeman was killed in a grenade attack on a police station in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw, residents of Lewe township told RFA Tuesday.

Several more officers were injured in Monday night’s attack, which took place despite tight security outside the building.

There are barbed wire fences on the road,” said a Lewe resident who wished to remain anonymous for security reasons. “Now the place is closed and people haven’t come out since 8pm.”

Unknown attackers also threw a grenade at a security gate outside the Myanmar International Convention Center-2 (MICC-2) in Naypyitaw’s Za Bu Thi Ri township on Monday night, locals told RFA. They said there were some injuries but RFA was unable to confirm the details.

The junta said it was working to catch those responsible for the grenade attack on Lewe Police Station, but did not mention the death of a policeman. It said nothing about the reported attack on the convention center.

RFA called junta Deputy Information Minister Major Gen. Zaw Min Tun Tuesday but nobody answered.

Security has been tight in Naypyidaw following a May 3 grenade attack on a security checkpoint in Oke Ta Ra Thi Ri  township.

Translated by RFA Burmese. Edited by Mike Firn.