After Hotel Blast, Western Governments Caution Travelers to Burma

U.K. Foreign Office warns of “a high threat of terrorism”

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Myanmar soldiers look at the Traders Hotel in Yangon on October 14, 2013 after a blast.

After a series of explosions in Burma, the latest injuring an American woman at an upscale hotel in Rangoon on Monday night, the United States, France, U.K., and Australia have warned travelers to exercise extreme caution when visiting the country.

Observers said that the minor explosions were probably meant to cause fear rather than mass casualties, but the British Foreign Office advised that there is “a high threat of terrorism.”

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but it is believed that they could be aimed at discrediting reform efforts undertaken by the former junta-turned-civilian government.