Two local residents were shot dead when junta forces launched an offensive against a village in the Yesagyo municipality in Myanmar’s Magway region, which borders the Sagaing region.
Residents said about 170 soldiers in a military column raided Mwe Ton village of Pale Municipality in Sagaing Region and then entered Yesagyo’s Wet Khoke village.
They identified the two victims as Pho Sal, 42, and Soe Lin, 24, both men.
They were weeding fields outside the village on Monday when soldiers appeared.
“People didn’t run because there was no fighting before and they didn’t know troops were coming to the village”. But when [the two victims] When they saw them, they got scared and ran away,” said a resident of Wet Khoke, who declined to be named for security reasons.
“They were killed while farming near the village… The motorcade left the village and spent the night in Ngwe Thar village and burned that village as well.”
He added that it is not known exactly from which city and which battalion this column originated, but that they are constantly conducting offensives in the villages between the Magway and Sagaing regions.
On Monday, the military column entered the Ngwe Thar village of Salingyi Township in the Sagaing region and burned more than 40 houses, according to residents.
The next day, a fight broke out between the troops leaving the village and the local People’s Defense Force, but there were no casualties, a PDF official told RFA.
The military motorcade reached the nearby village of Sar Khar in Salingyi Township on Wednesday. According to residents of Sar Khar, about 1,000 residents from the villages of Sar Khar, Paung Wa and Taung Kyar have fled to safety.
Calls to the State Administration Council spokesman for the Sagaing region by RFA went unanswered on Wednesday.