Senior monk critical of Myanmar coup shot dead by junta

Junta-controlled state media was quick to blame the monk’s death on resistance forces, saying he had been killed in the crossfire of a clash with “PDF terrorists”

Updated at 7:20 pm Myanmar Time

One of Myanmar’s most senior Buddhist monks, who publicly denounced the country’s military coup in 2021, was shot and killed at a police checkpoint near Mandalay on Wednesday.

According to sources close to the victim, the incident occurred at around 1:30pm as the vehicle that Ashin Munindra Bhivamsa, 78, was travelling in failed to stop at the checkpoint.

A fellow monk and the car’s driver also sustained injuries, the sources reported. 

The monks were driving west from Mandalay International Airport in Tada-U Township when police opened fire on them on a road between the villages of Myothar and Pangyi-Kamma in Ngazun Township, about 45 miles southwest of Mandalay.

Ashin Munindra was the abbot of the important Win Namitta Monastery in the city of Bago and a central executive member of Shwegyin, the. . .

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