Two detained civilians, including the son of a National League for Democracy (NLD) member, were reportedly shot dead by junta forces following a knife attack on an alleged junta informant in Mandalay Region on Wednesday.
On Tuesday afternoon, around 50 junta troops raided Kwan Saik village in Myingyan Township and detained 18 villagers after a former village head, U Myint Kyaw, who has been accused of being an informant, was stabbed by an unidentified man near Myingyan town’s entrance that morning.
U Myint Kyaw is seriously injured in hospital.
A villager, whose relative was detained, told The Irrawaddy on Friday that all but two detainees were released on Wednesday night after being interrogated about the knife attack in Myingyan.
The villager said the junta force announced that two detained villagers – Ko Chit Ko, around 35, the son of an NLD member, and U Sein Win, about 50 – were killed while trying to escape.
They were both reportedly shot while leading junta troops to the suspected attacker’s house on Tuesday night, according to the villager.
He said he heard shots near Kwan Saik that night.
A villager was reportedly forced to retrieve their bodies from under a bridge near the village.
Their bodies have not been returned. The villager said the families of two victims have fled the village since the junta’s raid.
Several ward and village administrators in Myingyan and junta personnel have been attacked by the unknown assailants.
On Friday, a traffic police officer was shot dead by an unknown gunman in Myingyan.
An army major and captain were shot dead in the town on May 27 and June 3.
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