Latpadaung protestor was killed by gunshot, says coroner

Latpadaung protestor was killed by gunshot, says coroner

The coroner at Salingyi Township Hospital confirmed a woman killed at a protest in Latpadaung on Monday died from a gunshot wound to the head.

After performing autopsy on Khin Win’s body in Wednesday, the hospital’s coroner, Dr Tin Nwe, and head of hospital Nyunt Than told reporters at a press conference she died from a single gunshot wound.

“By the look of the injury, we conclude that it is a bullet wound – we checked elsewhere on the body and did not find any other injury,” said Tin Nwe.

“This wound was not inflicted by a blunt object. We conclude that a bullet hit her in the forehead.”

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He said there was no anomaly found in the autopsy, and that he could not answer questions from reporters as to what type of firearm was used or the distance the bullet traveled as he is not a firearms expert.

A government report on Tuesday claimed security forces fired 15 shots from crowd-control guns amid confrontations with the villagers at the Latpadaung copper mining project site on Monday.

This confirms the suspicions of many already involved in the case. Earlier in the week a firearms specialist who saw photos of Khin Win’s body and activists who were on the scene when she was killed told DVB they believed she died from a gunshot wound.

Nyan Linn, a member of the activist group 88 Generation Peace and Open Society, who was at the morgue in Monywa, said based on the look of the wound, it was not possible that Khin Win was shot with a rubber bullet.

“Khin Win was not shot with a rubber bullet. It has has the characteristics of a gunshot – a small entry wound and large exit wound.”

He said three villagers were shot with live ammunition during the clash on Monday, and others sustained injuries from rubber bullets.

After the autopsy, Khin Win’s body was carried back to her home in Mogyopyin village by fellow villagers. Her funeral is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

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