More than 30 people, including women and children, were killed and their bodies burned on Friday in Myanmar’s Kaya state, according to a local resident, media reports and a local human rights group.
According to Reuters, the state Human Rights Group said it found the burnt bodies of people, including elderly people, women and children, who were killed by the Myanmar ruling army on Saturday near the village of Mo So.
“We strongly condemn the inhumane and brutal murder that violates human rights,” the group said in a Facebook post.
The Myanmar army said it had shot and killed an unidentified number of “armed terrorists” by opposition armed forces in the village, state media reported. The men were in seven vehicles and did not stop for the army, he said. The Myanmar army was not immediately available for comment.
Photos shared by the human rights group and local media showed the charred remains of burnt bodies on burnt trucks.
One of the largest militias opposed to the junta, the Karenni National Defense Force, which led the February 1 coup, said the dead were not members but citizens seeking refuge from the conflict.
“We were so shocked to see that all the bodies were of different sizes, including children, women and the elderly,” a militia commander told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
A resident of the village, who asked not to be named for security reasons, said he had noticed the fire on Friday night, but could not go to the scene as there were shootings.
“I went to see this morning. I saw burnt corpses, but also children and women’s clothes scattered,” he told Reuters by telephone.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military ousted the ousted government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi almost 11 months ago, claiming fraud in the November election, which her party won. International observers said the vote was fair.
Citizens outraged by the coup and the subsequent crackdown on protesters have taken up arms. Many local resistance forces have been set up across the country.
The military has outlawed many opponents, branding them traitors or terrorists, including a self-proclaimed national unity government that seeks to put pressure on the international community and prevent the junta from consolidating power.
Source From: Capital