Friday, September 30, 2022

6 School Kids Killed, 17 Others Injured After Myanmar Army Helicopters Fired At A School Building (Photos)

At least six children were killed and 17 others were hurt when government helicopters fired at a school in Myanmar on Monday.

Reports says the military claimed that it fired because insurgents were using the structure to assault its forces.

According to reports in the Mizzima and Irrawaddy news portals, army helicopters had opened fire on the school housed in a Buddhist monastery in the village.

Some children were killed on the spot by the shooting, while others died after troops entered the village, the reports said.

Two residents, who declined to be identified due to security worries, said the bodies were later transported by the military to a township 11 km away and buried.

Images posted on social media showed what appeared to be the ensuing damage including bullet holes and blood stains at a school building.

In a statement, the military said the Kachin Independence Army, a rebel group, and the People’s Defense Force (PDF), an umbrella organization of armed guerrillas that the military government calls “terrorists,” had been hiding in the monastery and using the village to transport weapons in the area.

Security forces sent by helicopter had conducted “a surprise inspection” and were attacked by PDF and the KIA inside houses and the monastery, it said.

It said security forces had responded and said some villagers had been killed in the clash and that the wounded were taken to public hospitals for treatment. The statement accused the armed groups of using villagers as human shields and said that weapons including 16 handmade bombs had later been seized.

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