Landmine Blast on Burma-China Border Kills One Woman, Injures Another

 Shrapnel from the roadside explosion in northern Shan State’s Muse Township hit the two women, who were driving a motorbike.

Friday, September 21, 2018

The explosion of a landmine on the Burma-China border in Shan State’s Muse Township killed one woman and injured another this week.

The blast occurred near Nam Tawng village in Pangsai sub-township on Wednesday afternoon.

“Shrapnel hit two women, who were driving a motorbike. One woman was killed and another woman got injuries. The injured woman has been hospitalized in Muse town,” said U Thaung Tun, chairman of Karuna Social Organization in Muse.

After the initial blast—which occurred near a My Tel telecommunications tower, U Thaung said—another exploded around 30 minutes later in the same location, causing the casualty.

“The second explosion hit the women. The landmines exploded on the roadside near the village,” he added.

Government forces, paramilitary groups, and members of the Northern Alliance of ethnic armed organizations are active in the area. It is not known which entity put the landmines in this location.

According to a report released on International Mine Awareness Day in April, unearthed landmines remain in nine out of 14 regions and states in Burma. The report urged both government forces and ethnic armed groups not to use the devices.