Troops kill 2 civilians as they raid villages across Myanmar’s regional borders

The two were shot as they ran from a military column in Magway region.
By RFA Burmese
2022.09.21
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Two locals were shot dead when junta troops launched an offensive at a village in Yesagyo township in Myanmar’s Magway region, which borders Sagaing region. 

Residents said about 170 soldiers in a military column raided Pale township’s Mwe Ton village in Sagaing region and then entered Yesagyo’s Wet Khoke village. 

They identified the two victims as Pho Sal, 42, and Soe Lin, 24, both male.

They were weeding fields outside the village on Monday when soldiers appeared.

"People did not run as there was no fighting before and they did not know troops were coming to the village. But when [the two victims] saw them they got scared and ran away,” said a Wet Khoke resident, who didn’t want to be named for safety reasons. 

“They were killed while farming near the village… The column left the village and spent the night in Ngwe Thar village and burned down that village too.”

He added that it is not known exactly which city and which battalion this column is from, but that it is continuously conducting offensives in the villages between Magway and Sagaing regions.

On Monday the military column entered Salingyi Township’s Ngwe Thar village in Sagaing region and burned down more than 40 houses, according to residents.

The following day, a battle erupted between the troops leaving the village and the local People’s Defense Force, but there were no casualties, a PDF official told RFA.

The military column reached nearby Salingyi Township’s Sar Khar village today on Wednesday. About 1,000 locals from Sar Khar, Paung Wa andTaung Kyar villages fled to safety, according to Sar Khar residents. 

Calls to the State Administration Council spokesman for Sagaing region by RFA went unanswered on Wednesday.

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