A series of three explosions during lunar new year celebrations in Burma's biggest city, Rangoon, left nine people dead on Thursday.

State television said 94 people, including 30 women, were hurt, but a hospital official said no foreigners were among them.

The blasts, which state television said were caused by bombs, occurred around 3 p.m. local time near pavilions erected close to the city's Kandawgyi Lake for the festivities.

State television blamed "terrorists" for the explosions, but no specific group was identified. There were no immediate claims of responsibility.

The attacks are being called the worst violence in country, also known as Myanmar, since May 2005, when bombs went off at two supermarkets and at a convention centre, killing 19 people and injuring more than 160 others.

With files from The Associated Press