Myanmar police nab suspect for bomb tossed at Suu Kyi's home

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Posted: Feb 02, 2018 5:33 AM
Myanmar police nab suspect for bomb tossed at Suu Kyi's home

Police in Myanmar said they arrested a man suspected of tossing a crude firebomb at the residence of the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, but have yet to ascertain his motive.

An officer who answered the phone at Yangon's Bahan Township police station confirmed Friday's arrest, but said no other information would be released until an interrogation was completed. The officer declined to give his name because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The firebomb was tossed into Suu Kyi's Yangon residential compound on Thursday, but she was out of town and damage was minor.

The website of The Voice media group cited police saying the suspect was a Yangon resident who suffered from mental illness. Police declined to confirm those details.

Suu Kyi lived in her Yangon residence under house arrest for several years during military rule while she headed her pro-democracy movement. Her National League for Democracy party took power in 2012.

Makeshift barricades were hastily erected on the street outside the residence soon after Thursday's attack.