Myanmar Security Forces Burn Down Village After Clashes

Security forces in Myanmar burned down a village  on June 15 after clashing with local guerillas opposed to the ruling military, leaving at least two dead.

Residents of the Kin Ma Village in the center of Myanmar told BBC News that security forces burned 200 of the 240 houses to the ground, killing an elderly couple.

According to one villager, residents fled to the woods after government troops opened fire during what appeared to be a search for members of local militia fighting against the military coup.

“The fire was everywhere in the village and we saw big flames. We had to flee for our lives from gunfire and we had to watch it from a distance,” the villager told the outlet.

Photos and videos circulating on social media on June 17 showed the houses burned to ashes and the charred remains of farm animals.

United Kingdom Ambassador to Myanmar stated on Facebook that the attack demonstrated “once again that the military continues to commit terrible crimes and has no regard for the people of Myanmar.”

State television, however, blamed the fire on “terrorists” and accused media that reported otherwise of “deliberately plotting to discredit the military.”

The village reportedly had 1,000 residents. Some people are still reportedly missing.

Deadly clashes between security forces and those opposed to the Feb. 1 coup staged by the military have been spreading across the Southeast Asian country.

According to human rights organization Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, the military has killed 865 people and arrested 4,911.

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