Heavy artillery kills child in Myanmar’s Sagaing region

Township residents also find bodies of 3 men killed by junta troops.
By RFA Burmese
2023.08.16
Heavy artillery kills child in Myanmar’s Sagaing region Smoke rising from the shelling of Pay Kone village, Yinmarbin township, Sagaing region on August 15, 2023
Citizen journalist

Junta heavy artillery killed a nine-year-old boy in Sagaing region’s Yinmarbin township, residents told RFA Wednesday.

They said the boy, Kyaw Thiha, died Tuesday when a shell hit his home in Pay Kone village.

Five other people were injured in the shelling and are being treated locally.

Locals blamed the attack on troops who are providing security for the China-owned  Kyae Sin Taung and Letpadaung Taung copper projects situated nearby.

The military commander of the anti-junta People’s Defense Force stationed between Yinmarbin and Salingyi townships told RFA there was no reason for the shelling because his force was not fighting with junta troops Tuesday.

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Bloodstains on Myauk Yamar bridge, Sagaing region, where locals believe junta troops killed three villagers they arrested five days earlier, August 16, 2023. Credit: Citizen journalist

Separately, villagers found the bodies of three men near a bridge over the river that runs between Yinmarbin and Salingyi townships on Wednesday, a local eyewitness from Yinmarbin Township who didn’t want to be named for security reasons told RFA.

“Three bodies were found near the Myauk Yamar bridge this morning,” he said.

“Two can be confirmed to be from Lel Ngauk village and the whereabouts of the other one is still under investigation. The bodies were cremated this morning.”

He identified two of the dead as 44-year-old Thein Wai and 47-year-old Kyaw Nyan.

Residents say the villagers were arrested around five days ago when they encountered a column of nearly 100 troops heading towards Yinmarbin township.

Photographs obtained by RFA show bloodstains on Myauk Yamar bridge which locals say indicate the men were killed there.

The junta spokesperson for Sagaing region, Tin Than Win, told RFA that he didn’t know about the killing of the men or the shelling of Yinmarbin.

Translated by RFA Burmese. Edited by Mike Firn and Taejun Kang.

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