Myanmar military junta accused of massacring villagers after video emerges of burning bodies

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The Myanmar military has been accused of killing 11 villagers – together with youngsters – and setting their our bodies on fireplace within the strife-torn central a part of the nation.

The incident passed off within the area of Sagaing, close to town of Monywa, the place two bomb assaults on army convoys had been reported not too long ago. Locals have claimed that the army motion was in retaliation to the bomb assaults.

The area has been seeing an intense wrestle between safety forces and native militias opposing army rule because it seized energy in a coup in February.

Locals alleged that troopers entered close by villages on Tuesday firing weapons and rounded up 11 individuals –together with a 14-year-old. Later, they noticed charred stays of their our bodies.

“The troops had been simply brutally killing anybody they might discover,” a volunteer assist employee within the space, who requested to not be recognized, instructed Reuters information company on the telephone, including that the troops entered Don Taw village.

One other volunteer assist employee instructed the information company that about 3,000 individuals had fled from 5 villages within the space and gone into hiding fearing army clampdown and atrocities.

Kyaw Wunna, a member of the Individuals’s Defence Power, a entrance preventing the army coup, mentioned the 11 individuals had been taken to a discipline close to the village earlier than being killed.

Pictures and movies of the burnt our bodies have been circulating on-line however there’s no official affirmation from the military but. It’s additionally unclear whether or not the boys who died had been concerned in assaults in opposition to the military.

However a relative of one of many victims, Htet Ko, mentioned he was a 22-year-old college pupil, not a member of any militia and wasn’t armed. “That is inhumane. I really feel deep ache in my coronary heart,” mentioned the relative, who mentioned the person had tried to flee, however had been wounded by gun fireplace.

Dr Sasa, a spokesperson for Myanmar’s shadow civilian authorities arrange following the coup, and who goes by one identify, mentioned the victims had been “lashed collectively, tortured, and in the end burned alive”.

In a submit on social media, he listed out the names of the 11 victims. “These horrific assaults present that the army haven’t any regard for the sanctity of human life,” he mentioned.

Myanmar has been within the grips of battle because the army seized management of the southeast Asian nation in February, claiming electoral fraud, and declared a year-long state of emergency.

Since then, a clampdown started to repress dissenting voices, and over 10,700 civilians have been detained and 1,300 killed by safety forces, in response to Help Affiliation for Political Prisoners.

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