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Burma Blames Rebels for Deadly Land Mine Blast


Burma's military government has blamed ethnic Karen rebels for a land mine explosion that killed two people and wounded 11 others in the country's east.

Burmese state media said a passenger bus hit the explosive last Sunday as it was traveling in Karen State about 200 kilometers from Rangoon.

The reports said the junta blamed the Karen National Union for the blast. It was not immediately clear why the incident was reported only Saturday - nearly a week later.

The military has accused the Karen National Union of responsibility for a series of bombings in recent months, including a December blast in Karen state that killed seven people.

The Karen National Union has been fighting for greater autonomy for ethnic Karen people in Burma for more than 60 years.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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