Myanmar Police Search Villages After Outpost Raid

By The Irrawaddy 18 March 2021

Yangon – Myanmar’s security forces are reportedly searching Kawlin Township villages in Sagaing Region for weapons which they claim to have been stolen from a Kantha police outpost near Kawlin.

Five firearms were reported missing, of which four have been allegedly found destroyed.

“They are searching the villages near the police outpost for a gun that is still missing,” said a resident.

Residents raided the outpost on Tuesday amid claims the Kantha police were among the security forces who shot at anti-regime protesters in Kawlin. The police fled and protesters briefly took control of the outpost until around 100 troops from Shwebo arrived.

Some male villagers are now hiding in forests to avoid the security forces, said a resident.

“On Wednesday morning, they fired shots at villages to scare us. I heard one villager was detained,” a resident told The Irrawaddy.

While people were interrogating a man who was suspected of being a police informant on Tuesday in Kawlin, police arrived and opened fire, killing one civilian and injuring four others.

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