updated 9/13/2008 6:12:05 PM ET 2008-09-13T22:12:05

Two bombs exploded at a nightspot in a rural town in central Myanmar, killing two people, a state newspaper reported Saturday.

The blasts occurred 10 minutes apart Thursday night at a lounge in Kyauk-kyi township, the state-run New Light of Myanmar said.

One man and one woman were killed and nine people were wounded, it said. The bombs went off while authorities inspected another explosive device that was discovered before it detonated, the newspaper said.

The report did not speculate on who might have carried out the bombings or why, but described the perpetrators as "terrorists."

The military government announced Monday that it had arrested several people accused of organizing bombings and demonstrations in Myanmar's cities, including the new capital of Naypyitaw. Among those arrested were prominent human rights activists and people the junta said were plotting to topple the government.

On Saturday, Amnesty International expressed concern for prominent anti-government activist Nilar Thein, who was arrested Wednesday in Yangon after more than a year on the run.

"She is under interrogation in Aung Tha Pyay Detention Center in Yangon ... and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment," said a statement e-mailed by Amnesty, a London-based human rights group.

Thein is a member of the 88 Generation Students, a group that organized anti-government demonstrations over economic issues in August last year. The protesters were arrested, but the demonstrations grew in size and number and were violently put down by the army in late September 2007. The U.N. estimated at least 31 people were killed.

The government's arrests last week were seen as a tightening of security by the junta ahead of the anniversary of last September's protests.

The military, which has ruled Myanmar, also called Burma, since 1962, has been widely criticized for suppressing basic freedoms.

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