• Training exercise causes bomb scare at US embassy, Yangon

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    YANGON: The United States Embassy in Myanmar held a tear gas training exercise on Sunday night that sparked rumors of an explosion and brought emergency services to the scene, a police officer said. Speculation rippled across social media after fire trucks and ambulances were seen outside the embassy compound in Myanmar’s largest city, but local officer Zaw Win told Agence France-Presse “it was not a bomb explosion.” No one was injured and the gas did not cause any damage to the embassy, he said. The embassy had apologized for not informing police of the test in advance, he added. While bombings were relatively common under the former junta that stepped down in 2011, such incidents have been rare in recent years.

    AFP

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