Unidentified attackers yesterday fired rockets at two Myanmar air bases, but there were no casualties and only minor damage in another sign of deteriorating security since the military overthrew an elected government three months ago.
There was no claim of responsibility for the attacks, which the military confirmed at a news conference.
While the armed forces have been battling insurgents in remote frontier regions for decades, attacks on such high-profile military facilities in central areas have been rare.
In the first attack, four rockets were fired at an air base near the central town of Magway in the early hours, an announcer at the military news conference said on a feed posted on the Internet.
Three of the rockets hit farms and one fell on a road. One building at the base was slightly damaged, but no one was hurt, she said.
Media reported earlier that security checks were stepped up on roads outside the base after the blasts.
Later, five rockets were fired at one of the country’s main air bases, at Meiktila, which is also in central Myanmar, from a farm to the north of the base, but there was no damage nor casualties.
“The security process is going on to arrest the attackers,” the announcer said.
A reporter, Than Win Hlaing, who was near the Meiktila base at the time, posted a video clip that included the sound of one of the rockets flying overhead followed by a blast.
Since the Feb. 1 ouster of an elected government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, protests have rocked cities and towns.
The military has cracked down with lethal force, killing 756 people, an activist group said. Reuters is unable to confirm the casualty toll.
Fighting between the military and ethnic minority insurgents has also flared since the coup with the military launching numerous air strikes in border lands in the north and east.
Separately, the Bago Watch news agency reported a series of explosions at weapons storage facility near the central town of Bago yesterday. It did not mention any casualties or give a cause for the blasts.
There was no mention of the Bago incident at the military briefing.
The military has accused protesters of setting off a series of small blasts in towns and cities over the past few weeks.
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