Witnesses told RFA, three ethnic armed groups supporting the anti-military protest movement in Myanmar killed 14 police officers and burned their posts in a Saturday morning raid in Myanmar. Shan state in the northern part of the country.
Cops killed included police chief Naungmon in southern Lashio, the largest city in northern Shan state, an area near the border with China where ethnic warriors clashed with Myanmar’s army in many decade.
“Fourteen policemen, including the chief of the patrol station, were killed and seven others were injured,” a relief worker told RFA’s Burma Service, on condition of anonymity for security reasons. .
“The entire police station burned down. The families of the officers are taking refuge in the local abbey, and all the corpses are now at Lashio military hospital, ”the relief worker, who helped recover the bodies of the dead patrol know.
“They were lying dead in the building, and we had to collect the bodies and prepare to be transported to Lashio,” he added.
A local resident said the attack was launched early in the morning by the Arakan Army’s Three Brothers Coalition (AA), the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Democratic Union Army. Myanmar family (MNDAA).
“We heard gunshots between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m.,” said a Naungmon villager, who did not want to be named for security reasons.
A local resident said the morning raid sparked fierce fighting in the Khar Shwe village outside Lashio when the military regime sent helicopters to attack ethnic minority rebels.
“The military used helicopters in the morning to provide fire support against the rebels. From the hills, we could see the fighting from a distance, ”the witness said.
“We heard the rebels had withdrawn from the Mawtaung village area and the military forces were chasing them,” he said, describing the area where the police station attack occurred as quiet on Saturday night.
Piles of bodies in the temple
The military and police have set up roadblocks on the highway into Lashio – a city inhabited by 130,000 people inhabited by Shan, the country’s second largest ethnic group, mostly Burman and Chinese – while the force Security was inspecting all cars and motorbikes near Lashio City Hall on Saturday. afternoon.
TNLA spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Mai Aik Kyaw told RFA that “problems with the local telephone line” prevented the group from confirming the details of the attack and the fighting that followed.
Meanwhile, in the central city of Bago, the death toll has risen to 80 people following Friday’s fierce attack by the security forces with rifle grenades and machine guns as they cleared the barricades due to Anti-government protesters erected, leaving piles of bodies in the ancient city ‘s temple and school facilities, protest leaders said.
“They did not provide medical treatment to the injured. The number of people dying from bleeding has increased and the total number of deaths today has reached more than 80,” the protesters said.
A Bago resident said bodies were still piled up at a monastery in the city’s Ponnazu ward.
“We were only able to bury a body that could be pulled out yesterday,” he said.
“The rest has yet to be released. Yesterday, he said that we asked the monks to help get the bodies, but was rejected, ”he said.
“An estimated 32 boys standing behind the bunker protested first. They are still missing, ”the residents of Bago added.
Other witnesses told RFA the military confiscated 57 bodies on Friday. The RFA was unable to independently verify this and was unable to contact a military spokesperson.
“Two civilians were shot dead on the spot Saturday by the army in Tamu, in the Sagaing region, and the shootings took place all day, making the frightened residents flee across the nearby border to India,” recounted a man running across the border. RFA.
“I’m sure a police officer and a civilian protester were killed,” said one resident in Tamu, where in the absence of an internet connection people used SIM cards made by India. The productivity for internet data until service data from the card is also cut.
The risk of a ceasefire?
There have been daily protests in Tamu since the early days of the military coup, and at least four civilians have been shot dead by the army. Local media reported last week that attacks by local residents in Tamu, a city of 44,000 people, killed 14 soldiers in late March and early April.
In Tamu and Kalay, another Sagaing city, some protesters have defended themselves against violent persecutions from soldiers with traditional homemade guns, which demand more brutality from the government.
The Association for Supporting Political Prisoners (AAPP), a Myanmar NGO based in Thailand, said as of Saturday 701 people had been killed and 3,012 in the custody of the military regime.
According to an RFA tally, more than 650 protesters have been killed by violent persecution by the military and police since February 1.
The Three Brothers Coalition on March 30 said it could let the unilateral ceasefire with the Myanmar Army lapse if the government overthrew the country’s elected government non-stop killing and arresting protesters civilian.
“Otherwise, our Triple Brother Coalition will have to support and cooperate with oppressed brothers and multiracial people waging the Myanmar Spring Revolution to defend themselves against,” they said. Myanmar Army ”.
Mau Aik Kyaw told RFA on Friday that not ignoring attacks on civilians that have killed around 650 people in nearly 10 weeks of protests, “the top leaders of the three groups are now discussing” how cope with.
Civilians in the state of Rakhine near the border with Bangladesh in western Myanmar, where the ceasefire during the two-year war between the AA coalition member and the Myanmar army since November, say they fear that fighting could continue without ceasefire. extension.
“If the military tensions get worse, the people will suffer again,” said Bakka, a social worker in Rathedaung in Rakhine state.
Reported by RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translation of Kyaw Min Htun. Written in English by Paul Eckert.