Week of extreme military violence in Mandalay Region villages

Week of extreme military violence in Mandalay Region villages

A series of extremely violent military raids in Mandalay Region have left several civilians dead over the past five days.

Locals on Friday discovered the burned remains of six people — including a mother, her daughter, and four men between ages 20-40 — who had been detained during a military raid on a PDF camp east of Madaya Township on May 4.

The deaths come after a clash occurred when around 200 military personnel attacked a PDF camp between Inn village and Myaung Thit village at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, according to local sources. Soldiers also seized weapons, explosives, generators, and ten motorcycles from the camp.

The group was later murdered and their bodies burned by soldiers on May 5. Due to information obtained from one of those killed, the military raided another camp, seizing five motorcycles and other items.

On the evening of May 4, troops entered nearby Thapan Kaing village, arresting and torturing two women by beating their heads with blunt objects and stabbing them with sharpened bamboo poles while raiding homes in the village.

Other villages in eastern Madaya township are also believed to have been raided, with troops returning to lead further attacks two days later on May 6. A female farm laborer was allegedly shot dead after the military opened fire on a PDF group that had attacked a convoy passing Dahattaw village, according to local sources.