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Burma Army Shoots at Civilian Vehicles in Two Separate Incidents in Northern Shan State, Seriously Injuring Three and Killing One Civilian

By Shan Human Rights Foundation  •  May 27, 2015

On April 14, 2015 at 8 am, a family was travelling in a Honda car from Lashio to Hsenwi in northern Shan State. The father, U Min Naing, was driving, his wife Ba Harn was sitting beside him, and their three children were sitting in the back seat: Nang Khawn Nan, aged 16, Sai Phyo Wei Lin, aged 10, and Nang Sai Sai Sen, aged 9.

When their car reached Mong Li village, one of their daughters was feeling car sick, so the father speeded up to try and reach their destination sooner. In front of them, there was a convoy of about 20 Burma Army trucks, driving in the same direction. The father therefore began overtaking the convoy of trucks.

As they were about to overtake the last truck in the convoy, the car driver saw a motorbike coming towards them from Hsenwi, so he decided to stop at the side of the road, seeing that the other army trucks that he had overtaken were still some way behind.

Soon after the car stopped, there was a sound of an explosion and gunfire.  The driver, U Min Naing was injured in his arm and leg. His wife looked back and saw that the rear window was smashed, and her daughter’s head was covered with blood.

Shortly after this, there was another explosion, which hit the couple riding the motorcycle which had just passed the car. Loong Hsu, aged 40, who was driving the motorcycle, was hit in his chest. Blood came out of his mouth, and he died instantly. His wife, Nang Hseng, who was sitting behind him on the motorbike, was injured in her shoulder and calf.
After the explosions, the car passengers saw about 20 Burmese troops carrying weapons coming out from the bushes at the side of the road where the local Mong Li spirit shrine was located.

Local people from the nearby village of Pang Part took the injured people to Hsenwi hospital.  Loong Hsu was buried at the Hsenwi guest cemetery. Nang Hseng was hospitalized in Hsenwi and is now discharged, but is still recuperating.

Nang Khawn Nan, the 16-year-old daughter of the car driver, was operated in the head in Lashio hospital to have shrapnel removed, and was then shifted to Mandalay hospital, where she was operated on two more times. After the operations, she is now able to speak. However, due to the injury in the right side of her head, she cannot move the left side of her body.

 

 Download the press release in Burmese here

သတင္းထုတ္ျပန္ခ်က္ ျမန္မာဘာသာကို ဤေနရာတြင္ ေဒါင္းလုပ္ရယူႏိုင္ပါသည္။

Download the press release in Shan here

သတင္းထုတ္ျပန္ခ်က္ ရွမ္းဘာသာကို ဤေနရာတြင္ ေဒါင္းလုပ္ရယူႏိုင္ပါသည္။

 

Further information, please visit www.shanhumanrights.org

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