Explosions at Myanmar’s infamous Insein prison in Yangon have claimed the lives of at least eight prisoners.
Three Myanmar prison employees and five visitors were killed after two parcel bombs detonated at the jail’s entrance on Wednesday morning, locals told BBC Burmese.
The largest jail in the nation, Insein Prison, is home to about 10,000 inmates, many of whom are political prisoners. As of yet, no one organization has taken ownership of the assault. Officials reported that there were 18 further injuries.
According to the officials, the post room of the prison was where the bombs exploded. Later, there was discovered another explosive packed in a plastic bag that did not explode. The officials stated that all five of the dead visitors were female relatives of those who were detained.
One of them was the mother of Lin Htet Naing, also known as James, a student leader who was detained by Myanmar’s military authorities in June. During the week of her son’s court appearance, she had been going to the prison to give a rice box to him.
Nay Win, Lin Htet Naing’s father-in-law, claimed to have been given permission to visit her remains in the morgue.
“I’m very depressed. She was the only one who regularly visited her kid and delivered food and essentials after her husband passed away quite some time ago ” he explained.
Since becoming well-known as a student leader more than ten years ago, Lin Htet Naing, 35, has been taken into custody numerous times. He was detained in June for refusing to support the military takeover that overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected civilian administration the previous year.
Phyo Phyo Aung, a mother of two and the wife of Lin Htet Naing, has been missing since she took part in the anti-coup demonstrations.
On the outskirts of the old capital, there lies a sizable, tightly guarded facility known as Insein jail. According to rights organizations, the century-old prison is notorious for its harsh circumstances and terrible treatment of inmates.
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