Myanmar army kills 33 in monastery massacre

The Myanmar army killed 30 civilians, and three Buddhist monks, at a monastery in Nam Hnain village in Pinlaung township in Shan State at 4pm on Saturday.
Earlier that day, at round 11am, the military – or junta – carried out air strikes and shelling on the village, the place Pa’O refugees had been reported to be sheltering, burning down around 50 homes.
Deadline have been reportedly hiding in the monastery after being displaced from their properties.
Local resistance group, the Karreni Nationalities Defence Force (KNDF), launched graphic and bloody photographs of piles of bodies, with a number of gunshot wounds, some of the victims wearing orange Buddhist robes.
Chindwin News Agency stories that the KNDF said…
“The junta requested all the people who took shelter in the monastery to come back out and brutally shot them all.”
A KNDF spokesperson advised the Kantarawaddy Times…
“It was like that Burma Army made them line up in front of the monastery and brutally shot them all, together with the monks.”
Aerial photographs of the airstrike aftermath image the village consumed by fires and big clouds of smoke.
Fighting between the junta and defence forces has been going on for round two weeks in Pinlaung Township, with heavy fighting breaking out between the junta and People’s Defence Force (PDF) on Thursday, reports BNI Online.
Thousands of people in Pinlaung township have been displaced.
On Friday, the day earlier than the massacre, BNI Online wrote an article entitled, “Ongoing battle persists in Pinlaung, Shan State.” BNI Online reported…
“Since February 24th, ongoing conflicts have taken place between Military Council Troops and the Pa-O National Organisation (PNO) and the PDF.
“The conflicts have resulted within the loss of 4 civilian lives and the destruction of many houses. The region still remains in turmoil and the combating continues unabated.”
The Irrawaddy tweeted today that some 15 villages in Pinlaung and Pekon townships on the border of Shan and Kayah states have been pressured to flee their houses because of junta raids since late February.
Since the junta seized energy over Myanmar more than two years in the past, Shan State – bordering Thailand – has seen a few of the worst violence..

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