Civilians Killed by Myanmar Regime in Response to Ambush

By The Irrawaddy 10 November 2021

Dozens of civilians were detained by the military regime in connection with an ambush on a junta truck this month in Kungyangon Township, Yangon, and three of them have died.

Seven junta soldiers were reportedly killed and 13 others injured in the ambush on the outskirts of the city on Nov. 5. More than 40 residents from nearby Dedaya village were detained the following day.

The body of Ko Zin Wai Aung, 19, who died in military custody, was returned to his family on Monday, a Kungyangon resident told The Irrawaddy.

Junta soldiers also raided Dedaya village where a 40-year-old resident was shot dead.

Ko Min Zaw Oo, 35, died of torture injuries on his way from Kungyangon Township Hospital to Yangon General Hospital, according to the Kawhmu News Agency.

“They have no links with the PDF [People’s Defense Force]. They are all residents. I heard some of the detainees have been released but I don’t know how many,” said the Kungyangon resident.

Residents are terrified, he said. “Though [the raid] took place far from the town, people now live in fear that they can be arrested at gunpoint anytime,” he added.

The Irrawaddy learned that only five of some 40 detainees have been released. All the detainees were beaten and at least 10 are in a critical condition.

The Yangon command of the civilian National Unity Government claimed responsibility for the attack on the junta truck, saying that the attackers safely retreated and those killed by the regime were non-combatants.

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