Myanmar's military junta is taking steps to boost security for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to avoid blame if she is harmed, its officials said on Tuesday.

"If she (Suu Kyi) gets shot then somebody will put the blame on the government, would they not? When (Moshood) Abiola died everybody put the blame on the Nigerian government," said a visiting government official who declined to be identified."So we have imposed preventive measures on her security, for state security and for everything," he said.

The State Peace and Development Council on Sunday said it feared unidentified anti-government elements might use rising political tensions between the government and the Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy to harm the opposition leader.