Five civilians killed and 20 captured in Sagaing village

Junta troops who occupied a village in Sagaing Region’s Salingyi Township on Monday killed five villagers and abducted at least 20 more, according to local sources.

The bodies of the five victims were discovered on Tuesday in the neighbouring villages of Yae Mein Taung and Yae Mein Myauk, a resistance source told Myanmar Now.

“Two of them were missing half their skulls because they had been shot in the head. They also had wounds near their necks,” said a member of the Salingyi People’s Defence Force (PDF).

The two victims, identified as Chit Shwe, 70, and Aung Moe, 45, were found in the western part of Yae Mein Taung, while two others were discovered in a shallow grave in the southwestern part of the village, he added.

The fifth victim, identified as Aung Khine, 47, was found in Yae Mein Myauk, located less than 1km to the north.

According to locals, a military column of around 100 regime soldiers entered Yae Mein Taung on Monday, forcing most of its residents to flee. Those who did not escape were killed or are still being held, residents said.

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Partially buried bodies found in the village of Yae Mein Taung on July 26 (Supplied)

The PDF member said that a cart belonging to Chit Shwe and Aung Moe was found near the two buried bodies. It was believed that the two men had returned to the village from a nearby forest without knowing that it was occupied.

“It looks like they stumbled upon the grave where the two other villagers were buried when they came back from the woods,” the PDF member said, adding that the two buried villagers had still not been identified.

Myanmar Now attempted to contact Salingyi’s central police station for information regarding the killings, but did not receive any response. 

Myanmar’s military junta routinely denies targeting civilians in its ongoing offensives against anti-regime forces, despite almost daily reports of indiscriminate killing by junta troops. 

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Partially buried bodies found in the village of Yae Mein Taung on July 26 (Supplied)

The PDF member said that a cart belonging to Chit Shwe and Aung Moe was found near the two buried bodies. It was believed that the two men had returned to the village from a nearby forest without knowing that it was occupied.

“It looks like they stumbled upon the grave where the two other villagers were buried when they came back from the woods,” the PDF member said, adding that the two buried villagers had still not been identified.

Myanmar Now attempted to contact Salingyi’s central police station for information regarding the killings, but did not receive any response. 

Myanmar’s military junta routinely denies targeting civilians in its ongoing offensives against anti-regime forces, despite almost daily reports of indiscriminate killing by junta troops. 

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Weapons and ammunition seized after the resistance attack on the police post in Taung Kalay on November 21 (Supplied)

Taung Kalay is located on the road that connects the towns of Mudon in Mon State and Kyainseikgyi in Karen State. Vehicles travelling on the road were caught in the fighting on Monday.

Around 100 regime soldiers and members of a pro-military Border Guard Force (BGF) retook the outpost after the resistance forces left the village, according to a local resident.

“The current update is that the BGF, police and the military have re-occupied the outpost. The other side has retreated from the village,” the local told Myanmar Now on Tuesday.

Around two-thirds of Taung Kalay’s inhabitants fled soon after the fighting began, while others followed the next day, he added.

“Some residents who couldn’t get away had to hide in nearby caves,” he said.

Additional reporting by Linn Htin

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