Burma’s military regime arrests 40, breaks up alleged terrorist plot

RANGOON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s military regime has arrested 40 people it accuses of planning to bomb government buildings and embassies and assassinate the country’s leaders.
A government spokesman, Col. Kyaw Thein, said Sunday the plot was masterminded by the All Burma Students Democratic Front, made up of former students who fled the suppression of a pro-democracy uprising in 1988.
Kyaw Thein, a member of the regime’s information committee, told a news conference that the student insurgents were linked to the party of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Suu Kyi, winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, has stressed that she is seeking a non-violent way to bring democracy to Burma, also known as Myanmar.
Kyaw Thein said among those arrested in January was law graduate Ko Thein, described as the leader of a plot to “undermine public confidence in the government.”
Fuses concealed in cigarettes and some explosives that the colonel said were seized from Ko Thein were exhibited at the news conference.
Kyaw Thein said the insurgents were hoping to place bombs at government buildings and embassies of members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which has accepted Burma into the economic group and has generally stood behind the military regime.