Dawei-based resistance force admits to killing 16 civilians accused of being military informants

Resistance sources say the leaders of Launglon People’s Defence Team used local farms as ‘killing fields’ and acted on unsubstantiated allegations against the victims

An anti-junta resistance force based in Tanintharyi Region’s Dawei District killed at least 16 civilians over a period of several months last year after accusing the individuals of acting as military informants, Myanmar Now has learned. 

The group responsible, the Launglon People’s Defence Team (PDT), named for the township in which it operates, submitted a comprehensive report on their operations to the Tanintharyi Region PDT in early October 2023. Such updates are required by the publicly mandated National Unity Government’s (NUG) defence ministry under which they serve. 

In the document, seen by Myanmar Now, the township PDT admitted to the killings, which had been perpetrated between March and September 2023, leading to the ministry’s suspension of two Launglon PDT officials accused of orchestrating the acts: the 34-year-old officer in charge, Htwe Aung—also known as Nagar Min, or “Dragon King”—and. . .

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