Three civilians executed by regime forces in Myanmar’s south

Three civilians suspected of having ties to anti-regime forces were summarily executed in southern Myanmar’s Tanintharyi Region on Sunday, according to local resistance sources.

Husband-and-wife couple Thaung Win and Win Aye, both in their 60s, were shot and killed by junta troops following a raid on their home in Ka Det Gyi, a village in Launglon Township, late Sunday night, a spokesperson for the Democratic Movement Strike Committee of Dawei District told Myanmar Now.

“They took them out into the street and killed them because they couldn’t find the person they were looking for. I think someone reported to the military that they had connections with local defence forces,” the spokesperson said.

The victims both had their hands tied behind their backs and were shot at close range, he added.

Residents of Ka Det Gyi said that around 15 junta soldiers and members of the military-backed Pyu Saw Htee militia arrived in the village in two vehicles at around 11:30pm on Sunday.

After searching and looting five houses in the village and then executing the couple, the regime forces went on to Gawt Inn, another village in the area, where they shot and killed 50-year-old resident San Win.

A house in Ka Det Gyi is seen after it was ransacked by regime troops on June 26 (Supplied) 

According to the strike committee spokesperson, the military had previously sought San Win for questioning after a junta convoy was attacked with explosives near his home last year. 

“They couldn’t find him when they came for him before, but this time, they shot him dead,” the spokesperson said.

San Win’s wife and daughter were both present when he was shot, he added. Money, gold jewellery, and a motorcycle were also taken from their home.

Myanmar Now attempted to contact police in Launglon Township for further information regarding the killings, but all calls went unanswered.

In a statement released on Monday, the Democratic Movement Strike Committee claimed that a total of six civilians have been killed by junta forces in Launglon Township over the past month.

Despite ongoing repression of resistance forces in the area, anti-dictatorship strikes continue to take place in the area, more than a year after the coup, the statement added.

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