Military junta kills villager and arrests residents after lengthy armed clash

September 14, 2023

HURFOM: On September 11, 2023, heavy and prolonged fighting took place between the military junta and the Myeik People’s Defense Force #1 near Pe Tub village, Pu Law Township, in Dawei District, Tenasserim Division.

Soon after the clash, the junta shot and killed 20-year-old Ko Yoke Soe, and looted valuable jewelry from his home. Then they arrested some villagers, a local source told HURFOM.

The armed clash lasted for seven hours. The local military base and a navy ship launched artillery attacks to support their troops. When they retreated, they arrested some villagers,” said a local man.

Before their retreat, the military junta destroyed homes and looted valuables from villagers’ houses.

On the day of the fighting, the Myeik People’s Defense Force #1 unit,  released a statement urging local people to be aware of potential armed clashes and to collect their important documents and valuables.


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