Coup-appointed administrator in Yangon’s Tamwe Township allegedly shot dead

The military-appointed administrator of a ward in Yangon’s Tamwe Township was allegedly shot and killed on Tuesday morning, according to residents of the area. 

Soe Soe Lwin, the administrator for Kyar Kwet Thit ward, was shot twice by gunmen at 9:30am, but further details of her injuries were not known at the time of reporting. 

Despite reports of her death on social media and in other news reports, Myanmar Now has been unable to verify the information with the hospital or the police, and only know that she was taken away in an ambulance. 

Eyewitnesses said that they witnessed what appeared to be her lifeless body in her car, a white van. They were told to close shops in the area after the alleged shooting. 

“When we were told to close our shops, we saw her head was already hanging down in her white van. We didn’t know whether she was still alive or not. Later on, an ambulance came to pick her body up,” a Tamwe resident said.

After the incident, soldiers and police carried out raids and searches in the ward and set up roadblocks, locals said.

Myanmar Now found that traffic police were clearing the roads to ease the increasing traffic in the ward after the incident.

Soe Soe Lwin was newly appointed to her post by the military coup council in March. She had reportedly worked as a real estate broker before, residents said.

Several ward administrators have resigned from their positions in recent weeks, following a series of deadly attacks on ward administrators in Yangon and elsewhere. The assassinations follow accusations that regime officials and members of the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) are acting as informants for the junta’s authorities. 


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