Child killed, 8 civilians injured in shell attack in Myanmar’s Bago

Junta forces fired at 4 villages in Kyaukkyi township
By RFA Burmese
2023.10.12
Child killed, 8 civilians injured in shell attack in Myanmar’s Bago A house in Nyaunglebin district, Bago region, destroyed by military heavy artillery on Oct. 11, 2023.
Karen National Union

One child was killed and several others were injured after a series of attacks throughout Bago division’s Nyaunglebin district, according to the Karen National Union. The ethnic armed group controlling the area reported that two children are among the eight people hurt by heavy artillery fired by junta troops.

Two junta battalions attacked Mone township for nine continuous hours, starting at noon, residents reported.

The attack targeted multiple residential villages, killing 14-year-old Yu Ya Ti Naing in Kyaw Hla.

The junta’s Infantry Battalion 264, based in Kyaukkyi township, fired at Ywar Kan Lant village on Tuesday afternoon. One family told Radio Free Asia that three of its members were wounded in the attack, including their two-year-old child, Naw Ke Balu Mu.

In Nandameik village another two-year-old and three adults were injured. Shrapnel also injured one abbot at a monastery in Tha Nat Kwin village.

One Nandameik resident, asking to remain anonymous for security reasons, told RFA that two shells could be heard landing in the village.

“One landed on the side of the village and the other landed on a house. All four of its family members, including a child and an elderly person, were hit and injured,” they said. “The army is firing heavy weapons at villages almost every day.”

RFA called the Bago region’s junta spokesperson, Tin Oo, for more information on the attacks, but the calls went unanswered. 

Clashes in Nyaunglebin district have been frequent this year, given the Karen National Union’s strong presence in Kyaukkyi, Shwekyin, and Mone townships. In August, several attacks in the district injured 20 people and killed five

After a series of attacks in May, roughly 150,000 people were displaced in Nyaunglebin district alone since the coup. 

Since 2022, armed resistance across central regions of the county has prompted increased attacks from junta adversaries, including airstrikes and gunfire. 

Nationwide, 816 civilians were killed and 1,628 were injured by military attacks from January 2022 to September 2023, according to data compiled by RFA.

Translated by RFA Burmese. Edited by Mike Firn.

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