Burmese village of Kin Ma burns down after clashes.
- A village in the centre of Myanmar has been burned down after clashes between the security forces and local guerrillas, leaving at least two people dead.
- Residents told the BBC that 200 of the 240 houses in Kin Ma were razed to the ground by the military on Tuesday.
- They said the incident began after forces clashed with a local militia opposed to the governing regime.
- Security forces set fire to the Kin Ma village, in Magway region, on Tuesday afternoon after fighting with opponents of the junta, according to residents. More than 1,000 people are sheltering in the forest and nearby villages, while at least two elderly people, who had been unable to flee, were burned to death, villagers told the Irrawaddy news site.
- Residents told Reuters that only 30 houses in the village remained, while some 200 homes had been burned to the ground. The blaze was large enough to be recorded by Nasa’s satellite fire-tracking system at 9.52pm on Tuesday, the news agency reported.
On behalf of the National Unity Government, Dr Sasa says:
“Last night the military junta in Myanmar and their Military council forces burned and destroyed the whole village of Kin Marwa in Pauk township. Elderly people in the village, unable to escape, were burnt alive in the fire. The attack proves that military council forces are continuing the atrocities committed against generations of ethnic groups and ethnic villages. This kind of attack has long been the experience of the traditional people of Myanmar including Rohingya brothers and sisters, The acts of violence by this brutal military dictator show that the junta license themselves to commit war crimes and war crimes against humanity and have little respect for Myanmar’s citizens or for the properties and possessions of the people of Myanmar.”