At approximately 10 p.m., a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest in a market in Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar.
A local hospital confirmed a total of 27 fatalities and more than 80 persons injured.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Myanmar officials stated that they are investigating the attack and suspect the the National League for Democracy was involved in the bombing.
The NLD stated that it “strongly condemns the violent attacks in Naypyidaw and abhors the continued loss of life in the region.”
“As always, we continue to call for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Burma,” the NLD’s statement read. ” … We call upon the international community to continue discussions and not be dissuaded by the violent actions of an extremist.”
The NLD has asked the international community to investigate the bombing. They do not attribute the attack to any organization, they later stated.
A delegation of officials from Myanmar met with the victims of the bombing at a local hospital, three hours after the attack.
“While we do have adequate facilities to assist the current inflow of patients, we welcome everyone’s sympathies and condolences as we grieve this huge loss of lives,” Myanmar stated.
China strongly condemned the terrorist activity and expressed its condolences to those affected.
Both China and the U.S. reaffirmed their commitment to finding a peaceful solution to the violence in Myanmar.
The United States is requesting a meeting with China and the GNN.