Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 06/24/2011

Burma rocked by bomb blasts in three cities


Burmese police inspect the site of a blast that destroyed a car near the main market in the central city of Mandalay on June 24. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bomb blasts hit Burma’s capital, Naypyidaw, as well as the country’s second-largest city of Mandalay and the town of Pyin Oo Lwin on Friday, the latest in a series of blasts since a new military-backed government took power in March.

The first explosion happened around noon in downtown Mandalay, injuring at least two people and destroying one car (pictured above), Reuter reports.

A few minutes later, a second bomb blast occurred in Naypyidaw, near the government’s Gems Museum. A house was badly damaged, but no injuries were reported.

In Pyin Oo Lwin, the home of the Burmese military's elite Defense Services Academy, a third blast went off near an army supply and transport base.

The Myanmar Monitor tweeted pictures of the blasts, and updates about more bombings throughout the day:

JUST IN: Another bomb explodes near Lucky Hotel in Mandalay, making it the fourth bomb blast in Myanmar today. #Myanmar #Burmaless than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

The blasts were the latest in a series of bombings amid an armed conflict between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army, Burma's second largest ethnic armed group, that started on June 9.

See more photos of the destruction below:


Burmese police inspect the site of a blast which destroyed a car near the main market in the central city of Mandalay on June 24. (AFP/Getty Images)


People take pictures of a damaged car after a blast in Mandalay. (Reuters)


People stand near a damaged car after a bomb blast in Mandalay. (Reuters)

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