Family shot dead near Daw Suu's house in Rangoon

Mar 5, 2008 (DVB)-A family of four and their maid were found shot dead yesterday at their home near detained National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house on University Avenue in Rangoon.

According to AFP reports, the shooting took place near the State Guesthouse where government liaison minister Aung Kyi has recently held talks with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in the same neighbourhood as the NLD leader’s home.

The victims were Daw San San Mya, the adopted daugher of well-known businessman Moegok U Mya Maung, her husband U Saw Pe Kyi, their two daughters Ma Mya Sandar and Ma Hnin Pwint Aye, and the family’s housemaid.

Ma Mya Sandar’s husband U Thu Zaw, who owns the Fuji teashop business, told DVB he found the family dead when he got home at around 6pm on Monday evening.

"My wife would always come downstairs and open the door for me when I got home every day," Thu Zaw said.

"But last night she didn’t come to the door, so I went inside and saw a pool of blood. I turned on the lights and went upstairs and I saw the dead bodies of my whole family with gunshot wounds in their heads."

The manager of Fuji teashop said that Thu Zaw was taken in for questioning after reporting the crime, but there was no indication he was accused of the crime.

"A senior police official from the divisional administration office came and picked him up," the manager said.

Violence in the area is rare due to the high security presence around Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house.

Reporting by Khin Maung Soe Min

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