By Asian Correspondent
Kachin State, Myanmar, May 18, 2016
TWO jade mining firms in the township of Hpakant in the Kachin State, Burma (Myanmar), have been forced to stop operations after being hit by numerous hand-made bombs in suspected arson attacks, following similar attacks a week before.
The Yadanar Moe Myay Co. Ltd. and Lin Htet Aung Co. Ltd. companies were both operating in Hmaw Si Sar village, according to The Irrawaddy newspaper.
Village administrator Lama Tu Ja told the newspaper that about eight people entered the mining compound around 8pm on Sunday. After telling people present to stand aside, they began to light and throw “hand-made bombs wrapped in tape”.
An official from the Yadanar Moe Myay company arrived at the site in response to the explosions, but the assailants reportedly pulled him from his vehicle and threw a bomb inside it, “totally destroying it”.
Local media reported machinery being damaged from the attacks, as well as some employee housing. The attack was repeated at the other company’s compound, forcing over 200 workers to find shelter at nearby villages.
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