Chinese villagers injured by Myanmar shell fire

16 May 2015
Chinese villagers injured by Myanmar shell fire
Myanmar government troops launch an attack on 2202 tophill on May 15, 2015. Photo: Myawaddy

Five Chinese villagers were injured, two of them critically, after two artillery shells fired from Myanmar landed in their village in Yunnan province on May 14, China’s state broadcaster and other media report on May 15.
It is the second incident military incursion from Myanmar in two months resulting in casualties across the border in Yunnan. On March 8, four farmers were killed when a Myanmar government fighter jet dropped a bomb on a sugarcane field near Mengding village, in Yunnan’s Lincang district that straddles the border.
The May 14 incident occurred in densely populated Wenming village, also in Lincang district, at about 8.30pm, according to China Central Television (CCTV). The five wounded were rushed to a nearby hospital.
Fighting began in early February in Laukkai, in the Kokang region of Shan State, between Myanmar government forces and the separatist Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA). The rebels are ethnic Chinese, many of them with family ties to Yunnan.