Two local villagers were killed and one injured by a landmine explosion in northern Shan State’s Kyaukme Township on Sunday, just days after two tourists and their guide were injured by a landmine in the same area.
An officer from the Kyaukme police station told DVB a group of residents from the village of Mangkok were traveling by motorcycle to Tawhpe village when the incident occurred. The villagers were accompanying the family of a man who planned to formally propose to a woman in Tawhpe when they hit a landmine on the morning of 1 May, police said.
“According to our report, a Mangkok resident named U Aik Kyaw was heading to the village of Tawhpe accompanied by his relatives to propose his son’s marriage to a local girl. They were traveling in a convoy of 11 motorbikes when they were hit by a roadside explosion as they approached the village of Hkongin,” the officer said.
“U Aik Kyaw sustained shrapnel wounds to his right ear, shoulder and elbow, and another villager identified as 20-year-old Sai Kan who was on another motorcycle behind him died on the spot when shrapnel went through his chest. Also dead was 22-year-old Nang Aye Htee, who lost her right arm and leg in the explosion.”
The officer said Aik Kyaw was sent to Kyaukme hospital and the deceased were cremated outside the Hkongin village according to traditional customs, and that the police were unable to investigate the incident as it happened in an area under the control of an ethnic armed group.
On 26 April, two German tourists and their guide were also injured in Tawhpe village in another landmine explosion. Both the tourists and their guide survived the explosion.