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American injured in Myanmar blast

An explosion damaged a room at Trader’s, an exclusive hotel in Yangon, on Monday, injuring a woman.

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An explosion damaged a room at Trader’s, an exclusive hotel in Yangon, on Monday, injuring a woman.

YANGON, Myanmar — An explosion that struck one of the most prestigious hotels in Myanmar’s main city was caused by a small, homemade time bomb, police said Tuesday.

Three suspects have been detained in relation to the blast, which went off near midnight Monday at the Traders Hotel in Yangon, ripping apart a guest’s room and wounding one American. It was one in a series of unexplained blasts to hit the country in recent days.

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The hotel blast was followed by two small explosions before dawn Tuesday in the Mandalay region, police said, adding there were no reports of injuries.

The blast at the 22-story Trader’s Hotel, located in the heart of the country’s commercial capital, blew out a window in the guest’s ninth floor room, shooting shards of thick glass onto the street, but there were no other visible signs of damage to the exterior of the building.

The device apparently went off in the guest’s bathroom, scattering towels, toiletries, and a red purse across the entrance way floor. A chair was overturned and part of the wooden wardrobe was lifted off its hinges.

A 43-year-old American woman was slightly injured and taken to a Yangon hospital, police and hotel staff said. Her husband and their two children, aged 5 and 7, were unhurt.

Officials at the US Embassy declined to release the victim’s name.

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