A bomb blast near the Myanmar capital, Yangon, has killed at least one person and injured nine others, police and junta officials say.
The Southeast Asian nation has been in turmoil since a military coup overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government, with opposition groups regularly clashing with the military.
The bomber struck shortly after 3:20 p.m. (0850 GMT) near a bus stop in Yangon’s downtown district, a police source said on condition of anonymity.
Pictures released by local media showed pedestrians indulging several injured people lying on the ground and looking like blood on the sidewalk.
A local volunteer paramedic who arrived at the scene shortly after the blast told AFP that his team had taken the two seriously injured to hospital.
Police sources said security forces later found an unexploded grenade near the site of the blast.
A 30-year-old man died of his injuries after being taken to hospital and nine others were receiving medical treatment, the junta’s information team said in a statement.
The blast came from a “housing mine”, blamed on attacks by “People’s Defense Force” fighters – groups that have emerged to fight the military’s bloody crackdown on dissent.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Suu Kyi, a shadow government led by lawmakers from the ousted party, and which is working to reverse the coup, has condemned the blast.
“We strongly condemn this terrorist act targeting civilians,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
Across the country, low-level junta officials or alleged informants are assassinated almost daily, with details vague and often followed quickly by the military.
In a separate statement, the junta said a bomb blast near the northern city of Naunghio had killed an elementary school headmaster and injured seven others.
Local media also reported the blast, which showed damaged walls and debris across the floor.
AFP could not verify the reports.
Most of the violence took place in rural areas, although anti-coup fighters also targeted officials and infrastructure in towns and cities.
Last November, a top executive at Mytel – a telecom venture between the Myanmar military and Vietnam – run by the Vietnamese military – was shot dead outside his Yangon home.
And in August, anti-coup fighters shot and killed five policemen on a commuter train in Yangon.
According to a local watchdog group, more than 1,800 people have been killed and more than 13,000 arrested in the crackdown on dissent since the coup.