A member of the Union Solidarity and Development Association, a junta backed organization, arrested, albeit for a short while by the Kachin Independence Organization in Laiza in Kachin State last Friday, following a bomb hoax.

The police are on a man hunt following a bomb hoax and it has been presurising the KIO, a cease-fire group which controls Laiza a border town close to China since last Friday to look for the culprits.

“The Special Branch of the police has been asking us to arrest the suspected bomber Ko Ko Naing and his follower, who they said are in Laiza. So, KIO has been searching. We found one Ko Ko Naing in a hotel near Laiza bus terminal,” said a KIO official laughing because this Ko Ko Naing is a member of the junta backed USDA who arrived Laiza for business.

The military security team has been summoning some residents for investigations for suspected opposition to the government.

Two small time women traders have been arrested in the operation and security has been tightened at Balaminhtin Bridge.

The order to hunt for the suspected bomber followed a letter bomb explosion in a post office in Rangoon on January 15. According to sources close to security forces, the order mentions that a 10-member team of bombers, comprising a mixed group of the Vigorous Burmese Student Warriors and All Burma Student’s Democratic Front had arrived in Kachin State.

A letter bomb explosion in Rangoon recently, where the Vigorous Burmese Student Warriors had claimed responsibility.