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Junta Watch: Myanmar Coup Leader Seeks Divine Assistance; Picking a Fight With the UN and More

Coup leader Min Aung Hlaing, his wife Daw Kyu Kyu Hla, their daughter Khin Thiri Thet Mon, their son Aung Pyae Sone and his wife Myo Yadana Htike on Dec. 18 attended a ceremony marking the renovation of the centuries-old Kyaik Devi pagoda in Hlegu Township on the outskirts of Yangon Region.

Two Buddhist monks were on hand to consecrate the pagoda. One of them, Vasipake Sayadaw, hails from Kengtung in eastern Shan State and is famous for his vows of silence. He is widely believed to be the coup leader’s astrological adviser.

A source close to KNU administrators in Lay Kay Kaw said the initial bombing occurred at around 10:10pm. The exact location of the attack was still being investigated, he added.

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