Farmer allegedly murdered by govt troops

15 May 2015
Farmer allegedly murdered by govt troops
Pa Kahtawng camp near KIO-controlled Mai Ja Yang on the Myanmar-China border. Photo: KPN

The Free Burma Rangers claims government soldiers murdered a farmer from Min Htet from Mung Hkawng IDP Camp in Kachin State on May 9.
In a press release issued with gruesome photos of the body on May 15, the NGO claims the 40-year-old father of two was shot and then tortured to death by Army soldiers.
The victim was shot in the chest while he was on the way to tend to his pigs. As the shot did not kill him, the troops allegedly proceeded to knife him in the face and then beat him to death with a stave.
The incident occurred near Man Gau village and Nam Hpye stream, south of Nam Lim Pa at 6:30 pm.  At the same time, a woman named Hpaure Htu, aged 30, was also hit by a bullet in her right hand, but managed to escape.
Residents of Nam Li Pa have been forced to flee their village many times due to military offensive operations by the Myanmar military. There have been numerous attacks near the village and three times the village has been directly attacked by the army, according to the NGO.
The village, which had a population of about 1,800 people, has been attacked in July 2011, November 2013 and now on in early May 2015. The 2013 attack led to FBR finding and reporting on the savage torture and murder of seven villagers. Almost all the residents are now living in IDP camps, but a few continue to live in hiding in the surrounding jungle in the hope of one day being able to return home.