Two members of Border Guard Force shot dead in Karen State 

Unidentified assailants shot and killed two members of the pro-junta Border Guard Force (BGF) who were leaving a store in Karen State on Tuesday carrying beer and food.

Two attackers who arrived on a motorcycle shot Sergeant Kyaw Doe and Private Toe Lin Kyaw in Kyeik village, Kyainseikgyi Township, where there are two BGF bases.

“They were both shot in the head and one of them was also shot twice in his chest,” said Captain Thit Htoo Oo, who supervises the unit the dead men were part of. 

The killers used pistols in the attack. None of the armed groups operating in the region has claimed responsibility. 

Thit Htoo Oo’s unit is under Battalion 1023 of the BGF’s Cantonment Area 4 and is split into two groups. Since September 10, one has been stationed at a hill near Kyeik and the other just outside the village.

“We are stationed here for the village’s safety,” said Thit Htoo Oo.

Battalion 1023 has been operating in the area in collaboration with the junta’s Battalion 557 under the supervision of Operations Command Headquarters 13, according to the Karen Information Center news outlet.

Since the February 1 coup, there has been intense fighting in the state between the junta’s forces and the armed wing of the Karen National Union. 

Amid the fighting, BGF units have helped the junta’s forces with their knowledge of the area and fluency in the local language. 

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