Suspected bomb blast at Myanmar hotel, one wounded

Suspected bomb blast at Myanmar hotel, one wounded
Myanmese soldiers inspect the damage in front of the logo of Traders hotel in Yangon after a bomb blast.

YANGON - A suspected bomb blast shook a luxury hotel in Myanmar's main city Yangon late on Monday, leaving one US guest slightly wounded, police said.

It was the latest in a series of mysterious bomb explosions in the former military-ruled country that have left two people dead and several wounded in recent days.

"An American woman who was staying inside the room was injured during the blast," according to a police official at the scene of the explosion at the Traders Hotel who did not want to be named.

"We assume that it was a bomb blast but we are still trying to find out more information," he told AFP.

The woman was taken to the Yangon General Hospital with wounds to her thigh and her hand, the official said.

He said the blast was believed to have happened in the guest's bathroom.

Her husband and two children, who were also staying in the hotel, were not injured.

Military officials and soldiers with sniffer dogs were seen at the hotel while shattered glass lay on the road outside.

The hotel, part of the Shangri-La group, is located in the heart of Myanmar's commercial hub. It is popular with foreign tourists and visiting business people.

The incident came amid heightened security concerns in the country following a series of bomb blasts by unknown perpetrators.

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