Yangon, Feb 21 (AFP) Two people were killed and several wounded when a bomb exploded today at a bank in northern Myanmar, a security officer said. Also Read - YouTube Removes Myanmar Army Channels; United Nations to Meet on Crisis

Two female staffers at the branch of Yoma bank in the town of Lashio were killed and 11 other people were injured, the officer told AFP on condition of anonymity. Also Read - Multiple Fatalities Reported As Police Crackdown on Protesters in Myanmar Turns Deadly

“Some nearby buildings were destroyed as well. The explosion was quite heavy. Security is still working to clear the area.” Pictures showed shattered windows at the bank, damaged cars on the street and rescue services arriving. Also Read - Facebook Blocks Myanmar Military, Ban to Extend on Instagram As Well 

A branch of an adjoining bank was also damaged by the explosion. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Lashio is in the northern state of Shan, where ethnic armed groups are fighting the military for greater autonomy.

Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who came to power in 2016, has made it a priority to try to end various decades-long armed conflicts. AFP KIS –

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.