Visiting family members of jailed political prisoners were among those killed during the attack at Insein Prison on Oct. 18. “Those who were injured are members of the political prisoners’ families,” a former political prisoner with knowledge of the incident told DVB.
The attack at Insein Prison yesterday resulted in eight people killed and 12 people injured. “My friend’s mother was among the visitors killed,” said a man close to the families affected. Regime media confirmed that three prison officials and five women visitors to the prison were killed, another five men and eight women were injured following two explosions and the subsequent firefight between the Burma Army and resistance forces.
Prison security has been tightened across the country. The delivery of letters and parcels to prisons has been suspended. “I can’t even approach the prison,” said the mother of a political prisoner who sent mail to her son jailed at Bago’s Thayarwati Prison. “The event in Insein can affect prisons all over the country. Since it [was] caused by a parcel bomb,” said U Tun Kyi, a member of the Association of Former Political Prisoners. The National Unity Government (NUG) Human Rights Minister, U Aung Myo Min, issued a statement condemning the attack at Insein Prison. DVB is unable to reach the victims’ families for comment. This story is developing and will be updated. Read more at DVB English.