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A bomb blast in Myanmar has killed five, including the ousted media MP

A bomb blast in Myanmar has killed five people, including an ousted lawmaker and three police officers who joined a civil disobedience movement opposing military rule, media reported on Tuesday.

Since the elected government, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, was overthrown in a coup on February 1, Myanmar has seen a growing number of small explosions in residential areas and sometimes targeting government offices or military facilities.

The latest blasts were in a village in south-central Myanmar in western Bago and occurred around 5pm on Monday, Myanmar’s news portal now reported, citing a resident.

Three explosions were caused when at least one plot of land exploded in a house in the village, killing a regional MP from Su Zhi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), as well as three police officers and a resident, the report said.

Another police officer involved in the civil disobedience movement was also seriously injured after his hands were blown up by the blast, the resident was quoted as saying. He was hospitalized and was being treated, it said.

Khit Thit Media also reported the blasts, citing an unnamed NLD employee in the area.

Reuters could not independently verify the reports, and a military spokesman did not answer a phone call seeking comment.

Violence escalated after the coup, with hundreds reportedly killed by security forces in an attempt to quell pro-democracy protests in cities and rural areas. Ethnic militias have also backed the opposition against the junta, and the military is fighting these groups on the outskirts of Myanmar.

On Monday, Kachin’s independence army, an ethnic rebel group, said it had shot down a military helicopter.

The defense force of Chinland, a newly formed militia in the country bordering India, said on its Facebook page on Tuesday that its forces had killed at least four Myanmar army soldiers and wounded 10 in a one-night clash.

So far, the Myanmar army has not commented on any of the allegations.

Pro-democracy activists staged protests Tuesday in the second-largest city of Mandalay, including one by education staff calling for a boycott of schools and universities when they reopen in June, Myanmar now said.

In addition, anti-coup protesters marched in Kanbauk in southern Myanmar, according to photos published by Khit Thit Media.

The Association for the Assistance of the Association of Political Prisoners (AAPP) says security forces have killed at least 766 civilians since the coup. The junta disputes the figure, saying at least 24 members of the security forces were killed during the protests. Reuters is unable to check the victims because of the curbs placed on the media by the junta. Many journalists are among the thousands detained.

The junta revoked the licenses of a series of media groups after the coup, including two news outlets in Kachin in recent days, Myitkyina News Journal and The 74 Media.

The junta said it needed to seize power because its allegations of fraud in the November election, won by Suu Kyi’s party, were not considered by an election commission that considered it a fair vote.

Suu Kyi, 75, was detained after the coup along with many other members of her party.

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