Mother-in-law of MP recovering after attack

Mother-in-law of MP recovering after attack

The mother-in-law of lower house National League for Democracy (NLD) MP Bo Bo Oo is in stable condition after undergoing surgery following a knife attack by a home intruder early this morning.

Khin Than Nwe, 73, was stabbed three times by an intruder who broke into her home at around 2am on Friday.

The victim’s grandson Htoo Myat Naing said she was alone upstairs when the incident took place, while her husband and one son were downstairs.

“Apparently Apwa [grandmother] saw a shadow and she came out of bed as she thought it was me. The home intruder pushed her onto the ground and stabbed her in the back before fleeing when my grandfather and uncle woke up and rushed upstairs,” said Htoo Myat Naing.

The vicious attack left Khin Than Nwe lying in a pool of her own blood. She sustained injuries on the back of her neck, shoulders and arms.

Bo Bo Oo said the police are working to find the culprit.

“Police have opened an investigation and I will be cooperating with them to help bring justice,” said Bo Bo Oo, who is the lower house MP for Rangoon’s Sanchaung Township.

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“I went to see [Khin Than Nwe] as soon as I arrived back in Rangoon. She is in good health — no need to worry anymore,” he added.

Sanchaung Township police said an investigation has been opened under Article 459 of the Penal Code, which provides for 10-year prison sentences for those who cause “grievous hurt” while committing “lurking house-trespass or house-breaking”. They are also working with police in other townships to find the attacker, they said.

Home invasions have also been reported in other parts of Rangoon in recent months. In April, an unknown assailant held a girl at knifepoint in Kyimyindaing Township. He later escaped with a 5-million-kyat (US$4,300) ransom paid by the girl’s father, who was also forced to help the attacker to escape.

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