YANGON, Myanmar – An explosion struck one of the most prestigious hotels in Myanmars main city just before midnight Monday, ripping apart a guests room and wounding one American – the latest in a series of unexplained blasts to hit the Southeast Asian country.
Myanmar police said a small, homemade time bomb was used in the explosion. Officer Myint Htwe of the police crime station in Yangon said that three suspects have been detained in the incident at the Traders Hotel.
The blast came after unidentified assailants planted three homemade bombs in and around Yangon in recent days, reportedly killing two people and injuring three others.
The incident late Monday blew out a window in the American womans ninth-floor room, shooting shards of thick glass more than 30 yards into the street, but there were no other visible signs of damage to the exterior of the building.
The device apparently went off in the guests bathroom, towels, toiletries and a red purse scattered across the entrance way floor. A chair was overturned and part of the wooden wardrobe lifted off its hinges and lying on the ground.
A 43-year-old American woman was slightly injured and taken to a Yangon hospital, according to a police officer at the scene who declined to be named because he was unauthorized to speak about the incident.
Her husband and their two children, aged 5 and 7, were unhurt.