Incident Summary:

12/25/2004: Vigorous Burmese Student Warriors claimed responsibility for a blast that killed one, injured three, and damaged a sporting goods shop and a passenger bus in Hpa-an, Myanmar. A university student, Sa Aung Myo Myat, inadvertently triggered the explosion when he pushed a button on a cassette player, which activated the device. The man had found the tape deck left on the bus, then got off and approched three teenagers at the sports shop to see if it belonged to them. The bomb exploded as he was examining it, killing him and wounding the other three.




Southeast Asia

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians traveling on a bus in Hpa-an
Nationality of Target Myanmar
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Vigorous Burmese Student Warriors Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Another bomb blast in Myanmar, one student killed: report," Agence France Presse, December 25, 2004.