Asia-Pacific

Rangoon bomb blast injures four

Bystanders look on after a blast in Rangoon, Burma, 27 February 2011
Image caption The explosion happened in the northern suburbs of the city

A bomb blast in Rangoon in Burma has injured four people, officials say.

A man suspected of carrying the bomb was among those wounded by Sunday evening's blast in the city's northern suburbs, the unnamed officials said.

They said the device appeared to have been detonated accidentally when a man carrying the bomb caused it to explode when he put the bag containing the device down at a stall, AFP reported.

The alleged bomber was critically wounded in the blast, officials say.

Bomb blasts occur sporadically in and around Rangoon, which is the military-ruled nation's commercial hub.

But co-ordinated attacks which cause a large number of casualties are very rare.

A series of explosions in Rangoon last April killed 10 people and about 170 wounded as thousands gathered for a water festival to mark the Buddhist New Year.

Authorities failed to find evidence linking five men arrested over the blasts to the attacks.

On Friday they were sentenced to up to 11 years in prison on different offences.