Army major and village administrator killed in eastern Bago Region

An army major and a village administrator were both shot dead in eastern Bago Region’s Kyauktaga Township on Wednesday, according to local resistance sources.

Major Nay Lin Oo, a member of the township’s local military council, and Thura, the administrator of Bodi Kwin village, were gunned down at around 1pm while riding together on a motorcycle, a spokesperson for the Bago Region People’s Defence Force (PDF) told Myanmar Now.

“They were shot on a road in Kyauktaga,” the spokesperson said, adding that further details could not be provided for security reasons.

Both men died upon arrival at the hospital, according to the Bago Region military command of the shadow National Unity Government (NUG).

The PDF spokesperson said that Nay Lin Oo had recently been appointed to a senior township-level position of the regime that seized power more than two years ago.

“He was an armed army officer who wasn’t taking part in the CDM,” he said, referring to the civil disobedience movement that emerged in response to the coup. “We will eliminate people like him whenever we run into them.”

Myanmar Now was unable to independently verify the spokesperson’s claims at the time of reporting, and the regime has not released any statement on the incident.

According to the NUG’s regional military command, around 40 junta personnel arrived on the scene shortly after the attack, and soldiers stationed at a nearby monastery fired heavy artillery at villages along the banks on the Sittaung River.

In late January, two military intelligence officers, Major Than Htut and Sergeant Myint Aung, were shot dead in Bago Region’s Taungoo Township, some 60km south of Naypyitaw, while travelling on the Yangon-Mandalay highway.On Tuesday, allied resistance forces destroyed a key bridge across the Sittaung River in Nat Than Kwin, a town in Kyaukkyi Township located some 25km northeast of Kyauktaga.

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