Bangkok. In Myanmar, government helicopters attacked a school and a village, killing 13 people, including seven children. A school administrator and a support worker gave this information on Monday. The attack took place on Friday in Let Yat Kon village of Tabayin, about 110 km from Mandalay, the country’s second largest city. A school administrator said two of the four Mi-35 helicopters hovering north of the village began attacking the school with machine guns and heavy weapons when it tried to secure students in classrooms on the ground floor. He said six students died at the school and a 13-year-old boy was also shot dead in a nearby village.
Military government attacks on pro-democracy rebels and their allies often result in civilian casualties. However, the number of children killed in an airstrike last Friday in Tabayin township in the Sagaing region was the highest since the military seized power in February last year. The takeover of the army triggered massive non-violent protests across the country. The army and police responded with deadly force. According to a report released by UNICEF this month, fighting has been particularly fierce in Sagaing, where the military has launched several offensive operations. Villages have been burned in some cases, displacing more than half a million people.
Friday’s attack took place in the village of Let Yat Kon, also known as Depayin, in Tabayin, about 110 kilometers (70 miles) northwest of Mandalay, the country’s second largest city. School administrator Mar Mar said she was trying to escort students to ground floor classrooms when two of the four Mi-35 helicopters hovering north of the village attacked the school with machine guns and heavy weapons. Started. He said he did not expect any attack. Because the plane passed over the village without incident.
First Published: 20 September 2022, 03:58 IST