In Myanmar, military accused of massacring village after video of burning bodies

The army of Myanmar has been accused of kill 11 villagers, including teenagers, and setting their bodies on fire in the conflict-ravaged central part of the country.

The incident took place in the region of Sagaing, near the city of Monywa, where two bomb attacks on military convoys were recently reported. Locals have claimed that the military action was in retaliation for the bomb attacks.

The region has been experiencing intense fighting between security forces and local militias that oppose the military government since it took power in a coup in February.

Locals alleged that soldiers entered nearby villages on Tuesday firing guns and arrested 11 people, including a 14-year-old boy. Later, they saw charred remains of their bodies.

“The troops were brutally killing anyone they could find,” said a volunteer aid worker in the area who asked not to be identified to the Reuters news agency by phone, adding that the troops entered the village of Don Taw.

Another volunteer humanitarian worker told the news agency that some 3,000 people had fled five villages in the area and gone into hiding for fear of military repression and atrocities.

Kyaw Wunna, A member of the People’s Defense Force (PDF), a front fighting the military coup, said the 11 people were taken to a field near the village before being killed.

Images and videos of the burned bodies have been circulating online, but there is no official confirmation from the army yet. It is also unclear whether the men who died participated in attacks against the army.

But a relative of one of the victims, Htet Ko, He said he was a 22-year-old college student, not a member of any military and not armed. “This is inhumane. I feel a deep pain in my heart, ”said the relative, who said the man had tried to flee, but had been wounded by gunshots.

Dr Sasa, a spokesman for Myanmar’s shadow civil government established after the coup, and who has only one name, said the victims had been “tied up, tortured and eventually burned alive.”

In a post on social media, listed the names of the 11 victims. “These horrific attacks show that the military has no regard for the sanctity of human life,” he said.

Conflict in Myanmar

A video and images show the bodies allegedly burned by the military forces.

Myanmar It has been mired in conflict since the armed forces took control of the Southeast Asian country in February, alleging electoral fraud and declaring a state of emergency for a year.

Since then, a crackdown has begun to suppress dissenting voices, and more than 10,700 civilians have been detained and 1,300 killed by security forces, according to the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners.

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