- Web Master
- November 24, 2023
Nine prisoners, who were arrested for political
reasons, were brutally shot dead by the junta forces in Rakhine State of
The Arakan Army (AA) claimed in a statement issued on
Sunday that the victims include Ko Kyaw Zan Wai (aka) Phoe La Pyae (aka) Rain
Shoet, known for sharing humorous posts on social media, journalist Ko Myat Thu
Tun (aka) Phoe Thiha, oil mill owner Ko Kyaw Thein Hlaing, Ko Kyaw Win Hlaing,
Ko Ko Nyunt, Ko Win Naing and Ko Pyae Sone Win in Mrauk-U cell. Those killed in
the Minbya cell include Ko Nyi Nyi Aung (aka) Aung Zaw Win and U Kyaw
Two junta soldiers from the 378th light infantry battalion, stationed in Mrauk-U, shot dead seven civilians.
They were killed at
around 2 pm on 31 January in the battalion's cell. Later the soldiers buried
the bodies in a bomb shelter near Mrauk-U hospital, added the statement.
On the other hand, the soldiers from 379th light
infantry battalion stationed in Minbya shot dead Nyi Nyi Aung from
Rathedaung township and U Kyaw Nyunt from Minbya township at around 3:45 pm on
19 January. They were arrested under various charges.
Among those killed, Kyaw Zan Wai was a popular social
media user. His song titled ‘Exodus’ gained a lot of popularity. Journalist
Myat Thu Tun used to work for DVB and other media outlets.
Those who were killed faced charges under sections (a)
and (b) of 505 of the penal code, asserted the AA statement, adding that the
junta continues to indulge in war crimes, including arbitrary arrests and
killings of civilians not only in the Rakhine and Paletwa regions but across