According to the news of Radio Free Asia (RFA), which is funded by the US government, it was stated that Myanmar soldiers, who entered the village of Nyaung Pin Thar in the Bago region in the central part of the country, killed 19 civilians, including 4 children.
Speaking to RFA, a People’s Defense Forces (PDF) official said that 20 soldiers were killed and 3 military officials were taken prisoner in clashes between the Myanmar army and the armed group PDF against the military coup on Wednesday, May 10.
The PDF official claimed that after the clashes, the army raided the village of Nyaung Pin Thar.
Speaking to the Associated Press (AP), the Nyaung Pin Thar village resident said he lost 11 relatives, including his wife and 7-year-old daughter, in a raid by about 10 soldiers.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the villager stated that he was working in the field on the day of the raid and that he did not personally witness what happened, but when he returned, he encountered the unrecognizable corpses of his family members.
The images of the villagers who lost their lives were reflected in the local press and social media.
According to the human rights organization Myanmar Witness, which examines the crimes committed by the military administration in Myanmar, at least 33 villagers died in 8 raids reported in the media between the end of February and the beginning of April.
military coup in Myanmar
The Myanmar army seized power on February 1, 2021, after allegations of fraud were made in the 2020 general elections and there was political tension in the country. The army had detained many officials and ruling party leaders, especially the country’s former de facto leader and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, and declared a state of emergency for a year.
More than 1800 people have lost their lives as a result of the armed intervention of the Myanmar army against the anti-coup protesters and rebel groups. Since the coup, approximately 13 thousand people have been detained, over 10 thousand people are still detained.
According to the Political Prisoners Charity, more than 1,900 people have died in the country since the coup and more than 10 thousand people have been detained. Myanmar military courts have given death sentences for 114 political prisoners, including 2 children.