No casualties in Mong Hsu blast

One of two grenades that got thrown but failed to explode and fell into a drain.

No casualties were reported in a bomb blast in Mong Hsu, Shan State, yesterday.

Two grenades were thrown in Mong Hsu at 9pm but only one exploded.

Resident Sai Aung Tun Oo said: "One bomb exploded in front of an ice mill in ward no.4. The police don't appear to know what happened. This morning, the army removed an unexploded grenade. Yesterday there was gunfire at about 4-5pm and again this morning. There are still many refugees taking shelter in two monasteries in Mong Hsu. Yesterday, a Lashio charity came with four cars loaded with food and supplies."

Nam Kaung Kham from the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party said: "Mong Hsu hospital has reopened due to media coverage about its closure. We don't know who threw the grenades. Residents don't go out after 7pm. In Hipar village there are about 1,500 refugees. They cannot go anywhere as the fighting continues. They phoned us to say they had rations for seven days. We saw fighter jets but do not know where they drop their bombs.”

On November 16, two young girls died in a bomb blast near Namtein Creek Bridge in Lai-Hka.

Refugees are taking shelter in Lai-Hka, Loilen, Namhsan, Panglong, Lashio and Taunggyi.