A court in Myanmar ordered a man linked to a 2013 bombing at one of the country's most prestigious hotels to serve life imprisonment plus five years of hard labor.

The October 2013 blast at the Trader's Hotel in Yangon ripped apart a guest room and wounded a 43-year-old American woman.

On Friday, a court in Yangon sentenced Saw Myint Lwin, 26, to life imprisonment for his role in the blast. He was also sentenced to five years of hard labor.

Police have said that Saw Myint Lwin was paid to carry out the bombing by a businessman tied to the Karen National Union ethnic rebel group.

The homemade bomb was attached the back of the toilet in a room on the hotel's ninth floor.