September 18, 2023
In Karen State, residents of Kawkareik Town said that the military council regime patrolling around the town at night was shooting civilians who went out at night.
The military council has issued a night curfew in Kawkareik Town and has been patrolling every night with three military vehicles for more than 3 months.
Previously, there were no shots fired at residents during night patrols, but in September, there were gunshots fired at locals who were out at night, according to the residents of Kawkareik.
“Before, there were no shootings. If they see people on the road when they go around, they only check. They have been shooting since then,” said a resident of Kawkareik.
The Military Council troops patrolling in Ward No. 7 of Kawkareik Town on the last night of September 15th, shot at two residents of the town who were out at night, killing one and injuring another, according to a resident of Kawkareik.
“It was past 10 o’clock that night and they came back after drinking alcohol. They went straight ahead with a patrol car and one died there, another one was also hit. The current situation is not yet known,” said a resident of Kawkareik.
A KNLA source said that this shooting is because the military council is terrible and shows that the military council will soon fail.
“What these guys show is that these military soldiers seem to have been terrorized. They are already very afraid of civilians. I see them doing things like that when they are afraid of civilians,” he said.
At the moment in Kawkareik town, the military council army is tightening inspections, and there are continuous battles frequently between the military council army and KNLA joint forces in the vicinity of Kawkareik town.
News – Ko Phyo
Photo – old picture
Phar Si Than (People’s Radio Myanmar)