bombs detonated in central Rangoon on 7 May 2005. The SPDC has been
accused of having had foreknowledge of the bombings, but only organizing
protection of military buildings. The bombings have been commonly
assumed to be an “inside job” to justify increased military
actions against dissident groups, or as an expression of tensions
between Vice-Sr Gen Maung Aye and “young guns” aligned
with Sr Gen Than Shwe.
The reshuffle of half of the country’s
regional commanders and the recall of many Burmese ambassadors,
reported two weeks after the bombings, heighten speculation about
the internal integrity of the regime post-Khin Nyunt ouster.