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Explosion hits hotel in Myanmar’s main city

An explosion damaged a room at Trader’s, an exclusive hotel in Yangon, on Monday, injuring a woman.
An explosion damaged a room at Trader’s, an exclusive hotel in Yangon, on Monday, injuring a woman.NYEIN CHAN NAING/european pressphoto agency

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YANGON, Myanmar — A small explosion ripped through a room in one of the most prestigious hotels in Myanmar’s main city just before midnight on Monday, wounding one American, officials said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blast at the Trader’s Hotel in Yangon, but it came after several small homemade bombs exploded around the country in recent days, reportedly killing two people and injuring three others.

There was no visible damage to exterior of the hotel, but the explosion tore apart part of one room on the ninth floor of the building, leaving toilet paper, towels, and a red purse scattered across the room’s entranceway beside a broken wooden wardrobe door.

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