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Rebels deny Myanmar bomb attacks


YANGON, Myanmar (CNN) -- A rebel group opposed to Myanmar's military regime has denied it was responsible for three bombs that exploded at two shopping centers and a Thai trade exhibition in Yangon, killing 11 people and wounding 162 others.

Thailand's government, in a show of concern for its citizens safety, dispatched a military C-130 plane to Yangon to provide a way out of Myanmar for about 200 Thais, who were there for the trade show that was interrupted by the first bombing.

Myanmar, formerly Burma, is ruled by a hard-line military regime that took power last year in a coup that jailed Prime Minister Khin Nyunt.

The first explosion, at 3:10 p.m. Saturday local, targeted a Thai-Myanmar Trade Exhibition being held at the Yangon Trade Center.

Two other bombs detonated a short time later, both at shopping centers, witnesses said. One was near a military headquarters and the other near the airport.

Witnesses said the military tightened security around the city immediately and people quickly emptied from shopping centers around the city, sources said.

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