Eight explosions and the shooting death of an accused informant reported in Thaketa

Eight explosives went off on Thursday morning in Yangon’s Thaketa Township, where a local ward administrator was also shot and killed by three gunmen in the latest sign of escalating violence by anti-regime forces. 

The explosions took place near the township’s No. 1 and No. 2 police stations, a local market, the No. 37 primary school, and on Myoma 9th Street and Marn Pyay 20th Street.

Bhone Ngwe, a ward administrator who lived on Marn Pyay 20th Street, was shot dead by three men, according to a local resident who spoke to Myanmar Now on condition of anonymity.

Many junta-appointed ward administrators have been accused of tipping off regime authorities about the activities and whereabouts of activists.

“He was a notorious informant. Many of those who got arrested were because of him,” the Thaketa resident said of Bhone Ngwe.

“He even cooked for and fed the junta’s armed forces. At night, he would go along with these guys to show them the houses [of dissidents]. I heard he was shot at his home at around 7:30am,” he added.

Two separate explosions were reported at the No. 2 Police Station. Some soldiers and police who went to investigate the first explosion were injured when a second one went off soon after they arrived, according to the Thaketa resident. 

Myanmar Now was unable to independently verify this information at the time of reporting.

Ward administrators and their offices have been targeted in bomb and arson attacks in towns and cities across the country in the wake of the regime’s brutal crackdowns on peaceful anti-coup protests.

The exact number of such attacks remains unknown, but recent incidents suggest that opponents of the junta are using increasingly violent tactics to fight back against the regime. 

Myo Lwin, the administrator of the No. 3 ward in Yangon’s Lanmadaw Township, was shot in the head and killed near his house on 8th Street on May 18, soon after an explosion was reported at his office.

The regime has murdered more than 830 people since seizing power on February 1. Thousands of others remain in prison, where many have been tortured to death while under interrogation. 


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