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Myanmar police: Bombers trying to scare investors

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October 18, 2013 07:36 AM EST | AP


YANGON, Myanmar — YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Police say bombings that have rocked Myanmar in the last week were aimed at scaring away foreign investors.

The country's police chief, Zaw Win, said Friday that a man identified as Nato promised a former member of the Karen National Union ethnic rebels a gold mine permit if he succeeded in planting bombs at luxury hotels and restaurants.

He said the alleged assailant, Saw Myint Lwin, was given $500 and a bag of locally made explosives.

The 25-year-old allegedly checked into a room at the Traders Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar's commercial capital, on Sunday night, attached a small bomb to the back of the toilet, and timed it to go off within 48 hours.

The bomb detonated just before midnight Monday, injuring an American woman.