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YANGON (AFP) – The deputy governor of Myanmar’s central bank was shot and wounded in her home in the commercial capital Yangon yesterday, a junta spokesman told AFP, in the latest high-profile attack on military-linked officials.

Myanmar’s military has led a bloody crackdown on dissent after taking power in last year’s coup, sparking social unrest and a worsening economic crisis.

Self-declared civilian “people’s defence forces” have sprung up to fight the junta, with dissidents also targeting officials perceived to be working with the military.

Deputy governor Than Than Swe, appointed by the military days after it seized power, was shot by unknown assailants at her house in Yangon late yesterday morning, junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun told AFP.

“She was shot this morning at about 11.30am and was injured. She’s now at the military hospital,” he told AFP.

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