State media reported that three people were killed in clashes in the village of Ayarvad district, while local media reported that up to 20 civilians were killed.
At least three people have been killed in Myanmar’s security forces in the Ayarwad River Delta, with state media reporting that at least 20 people have been killed, according to state media, although local media outlets have reported.
State television reported that three “terrorists” had been killed and two arrested in the village of Hlaiswe on Saturday as security forces went to a man accused of plotting against the state.
A spokesman for the military government did not respond to calls from Reuters for comment on the violence in the village of Ayonvad in K Կnpyau. Reuters could not confirm the payment on its own.
Myanmar was in chaos, its economy was paralyzed as the army ousted the government of Aung San Suu Kyi in February, citing 2020. Unfounded allegations of election fraud.
Clashes erupted just before dawn on Saturday in the town of Hlaiswe, about 150km (100 miles) northwest of the main city of Yangon, when soldiers said they had come to look for weapons, at least four local media outlets told a resident.
“People in the village only have crossword puzzles. There are a lot of victims from people,” said a resident who asked not to be seen for fear of being punished.
Khit Thit Media and Delta news agency reported that 20 civilians were killed and more were injured. They said the villagers tried to retaliate with catapults after soldiers attacked residents.
MRTV state television reported that security forces were attacked with compressed air pistols. The bodies of three assailants were reportedly found after the shootout.
If confirmed, the damage done by the local media would be the largest in one day, in almost two months.
Local “defense forces”
According to the group of activists, about 845 people have been killed by the army and police since the February coup. The military government disputes that figure.
Several communities across Myanmar, especially in cities where police have killed scores of protesters, have formed local “defense forces”.
But in clashes with Myanmar’s armed forces, they are often more prevalent than one of the most difficult and brutal wars in Southeast Asia.
After the coup, conflicts erupted in the border areas, where about two dozen ethnic armies have been fighting the state for decades.
The Swedish People’s Defense Forces (SDF) said they had attacked a police station in northern Shwegu together with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) late Friday night.
Reuters could not reach KIA for comment.
In eastern Myanmar, the MBPDF (Mobye’s People’s Defense Forces) said it had clashed with the army on Friday, killing four “terrorist soldiers”.
Despite the turmoil, Myanmar’s military has failed to heed its opponents’ calls to relinquish control.
This week, the military government received its first loud foreign visitors, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the two of them ASEAN envoys,
In Myanmar’s second-largest city, Mandalay, protesters burned an ASEAN flag on Saturday, accusing the group of legitimizing military rule.