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Myanmar army kills 2 villagers in Sagaing region raid

Junta troops killed two civilians in a raid on a village in Sagaing region’s Wetlet township, residents told Radio Free Asia Wednesday.

Nearly 100 soldiers took part in Wednesday’s raid on Hla Taw, locals said.

One of the dead was identified as 38-year-old Aung Naing Oo, according to a resident who didn’t want to be named for security reasons. They said villagers couldn’t identify the other man, thought to be in his 40s.

“They were found near the road to the east of Hla Taw Village,” the local said.

“They were killed with shots to the chest and head. It is difficult to identify them by name because of their disfigurement.”

More than 4,000 civilians from four villages in Wetlet township fled their homes ahead of junta raids, residents said.

They said the troops left Hla Taw village on Wednesday morning but then moved into nearby Kyay Zee Kone village.

On Saturday, troops raided Kyee Kan (North) village in Wetlet Township. They killed a woman in her 20s and three men in their 30s who were sheltering in a monastery.

RFA Burmese called the junta’s spokesperson in the Sagaing region, Tin Than Win, to ask about the killings but nobody answered.

More than 4,000 civilians have been killed by the junta since it seized power in a February 2021 coup according to independent monitoring group the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

Translated by RFA Burmese. Edited by Mike Firn and Taejun Kang.