Three Civilians Killed by Burma Army’s Mortar Fire

Photo Credit: Ko Win Bo Namti

Slg. N-ru Yaw San (aka) U Kyaw Myint Oo of Dum Bung village was killed and his wife Hpaujung Htu Sam was badly wounded by a Burma Army (BA)’s 60 mm mortar shell at Dum Bung Hka, located on Ledo road between Maran Kahtawng and Lawar in Mogaung township, on April 13 at around 5:30 am, reported a local source.

The couple was hit by a BA’s mortar shell during a battle between KIA’s 11th Battalion troops and BA’s 298th LIB troops at Ting Rat Hka post near Dum Bum village on April 13 between 5:20 am and 5:35 am. A local resident said that a 60 mm mortar hit the couple’s house and mortar shrapnel entered Slg. N-ru Yaw San (aka) U Kyaw Myint Oo’s body killing him immediately and his wife Hpaujung Htu Sam was badly injured and taken to Namti General Hospital.

At least 3 civilians have been killed by BA’s indiscriminate mortar shelling on villages under controlled or related to Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) since April 11.

On April 11, Npawp Naw Ring (aged 22) was killed by a 105 mm howitzer fired by BA’s Danai-based Regional Operations Command at Awng Lawt village in Danai township. Npawt Naw Ring and his father Npawp Yaw were returning home from their farm when they were hit by a mortar shell from 20 rounds of 105 mm howitzer fired towards KIA 2nd Brigade HQ by Danai-based Regional Operations Command. The shrapnel hit the father, Npawp Yaw, in the knee and Npawp Naw Ring was hit in the chest and was killed.

Also, on April 11, Shan Naw San, a seasonal banana plantation worker, of Laiza was hit and killed by an artillery shell from 23 rounds of heavy artillery fired by BA forces stationed at Hka Ya Bum and Bum Re Bum toward Lang Ta Bum where KIA Battalions 23 & 40 are stationed. Shang Naw San’s co-worker Wangde La Rip was also hit, and is receiving medical treatment for his injuries at the Laiza Civil Hospital.

There are more active servicemen from Kachin Independence Army and Burma Army who have been killed during the shelling and battles between the two sides since fighting escalated in Hugawng and Myitkyina area on April 11.