Troops kill 4 villagers and 4 anti-junta militants in Sagaing region — H Talk Asia

Junta forces killed four villagers and four members of a local People’s Defense Force (PDF) in a five-day attack in which the junta torched villages in southern Monywa township in the Sagaing region, forcing more than 3,000 villagers to flee.

A local told RFA that the eight people killed on Sunday were not all PDF members, as pro-junta Telegram channels have claimed.

“The military channels posted pictures of eight dead PDF members, but in fact only four PDF people died and the other four are civilians,” said a spokesman for the Monywa-AMyint (sic) Road Information Group, which covers events in Monywa and Amyint reports municipalities.

“The picture shows the people who were shot in Paso [traditional male clothing] unarmed were civilians. One handmade weapon and four new weapons were stolen,” the spokesman said.

Locals said it was difficult to confirm which villages the dead came from as junta forces were still stationed around Htan Lay Pin village, making it difficult for them to return home and check with other residents.

They told RFA that the troop column came from battalions in Monywa and together with the military-linked group Pyu Saw Htee in Taw Pu village, concentrated around 150 fighters.

The Sagaing region has seen some of the fiercest fighting between junta forces and PDFs since the February 2021 coup. Soldiers have also attacked villages in the area believed to be home to anti-junta militants.

Earlier this month, the army shelled a village in Kanbalu township in Sagaing, killing two members of the same family and wounding two others.

More than 1,500 civilians died in Sagaing between the start of the junta regime and the end of October this year, according to the Institute for Strategy and Policy – ​​Myanmar, an independent think tank.