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Village in Myanmar's Sagaing region raided by junta troops killing 10 people

Troops stormed Shwe Hlan village in Yinmarbin township, leaving bodies in a charred pile.

By RFA Burmese 2022.10.24 -- Around 80 junta troops stormed a village in Sagaing region's Yinmarbin township, killing nine People's Defense Force (PDF) members and one local. Troops burned the bodies and left them in a pile, locals said. A further four people were injured and two PDF members were arrested.

The Monywa District-based Battalion-13 PDF, nicknamed the Aung San Generation, were in Shwe Hlan village when junta troops raided it at 4:00 a.m. on Friday, dressed in plain clothes to blend in with locals and local PDF members, who don't wear uniforms.

"After returning from a battle, they [the PDF] spent the night in the village. The junta troops raided the houses where they were staying. They were shot dead while they were asleep without having time to defend themselves," a Shwe Hlan resident told RFA.

"Four of them were injured, the rest are free except for Ye and Mi Nge, who were arrested."

Ye is 24-years-old and Mi Nge is 21. The dead PDF members were aged between 18 and 27.

Residents said the arrested men were taken away in a Mil Mi-24 military attack helicopter on Friday evening but they did not know where they were headed.

There are nearly 200 houses with more than 500 residents in Shwe Hlan village and eight were burned down by junta forces, forcing residents to flee to safety.

Calls to Sagaing region State Administration Council spokesman, Aye Hlaing have gone unanswered. The SAC has not released any statement on the attack.

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