Two village administrators shot dead for assisting Myanmar regime’s conscription effort

The shootings, in Magway and Mandalay regions, come amid warnings from resistance groups not to cooperate with the military’s drive to force civilians into its ranks

Two junta-appointed village administrators have been shot dead in as many days in Magway and Mandalay regions after making announcements about plans to begin implementing Myanmar’s conscription law.

The first incident occurred on Monday in Magway’s Salin Township, where Myint Htoo, the administrator of the village of Pa Khet Taing, was gunned down at around 10:30pm while speaking about the law over a loudspeaker.

The following day, the Salin Township People’s Defence Force (PDF) claimed responsibility for the shooting, saying that the victim was targeted because he was in possession of a handmade rifle.

“Armed administrators and Pyu Saw Htee members are regarded as military targets,” said a Salin Township PDF officer, referring to a pro-junta militia formed since the military seized power three years ago.

“We understand that some people make these announcements [about the conscription law] because they are forced to by. . .

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