Crackdown on village in Sagaing Region leaves at least one person dead

At least one civilian was shot dead in Sagaing Region’s Yinmarbin Township on Tuesday after regime forces stationed there opened fire on villagers, a local resident told Myanmar Now.

Residents of the village of Win Kone defended themselves with traditional hunting rifles, but the troops took up position beyond their range, the Yinmarbin local told Myanmar Now.

On Tuesday afternoon, the junta’s troops used drones to locate the village’s security team and then attacked with heavy weapons, residents said. It was unclear what weapons were used in the assault.

Local sources were still gathering information about the number of casualties in the attack at the time of reporting.

A resident of Thalauk, a village near Win Kone, said soldiers started to arrive in the area at around 3pm on Tuesday and soon after opened fire on locals armed with hunting rifles.

According to sources, residents of at least seven villages in Yinmarbin Township fled their homes due to the clashes.

The affected villages include Thalauk, Win Kone and Kapaing, all located in Yinmarbin Township.The coup regime’s armed forces have killed over 730 civilians since the February 1 coup, according to the monitoring group the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.


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