Tuesday, April 23rd 2024

Junta soldiers' grenade attack kills 2 Muslims including woman and injures 18 in Sittwe

 A woman and a man from the Muslim village of Done Pyin, near the Rakhine State Hluttaw in Sittwe township of Rakhine State were killed in a grenade attack by the junta soldiers. At least 18 other villagers also sustained serious injuries in the incident.


The victims have been identified as U Saudi Ramam (aged 55) and Mama Dar (45). Among the injured individuals 11 women are included, said a reliable source.


"Four men carrying guns, but with civilian attire, entered the village. They tried to remove a woman from her yard. A middle aged person from a nearby house came out for her help. Soon many others assembled at the spot. The armed men suddenly threw a bomb over the crowd," added the source.


On 28 March, a military vehicle entered the village. The conversation with the source ended abruptly. The situation is still tense in the area.


The injured individuals were transported to a military hospital near Yay Chan Pyin village.


According to human rights activist Ro Nay San Lwin, at least four people died in the incident.


"At 4 pm, two young Rohingya girls from Done Pyin North village in Sittwe were followed by the military scouts from the Hluttaw office. The girls were looking for cow dung to make fuel sticks near the office fence. A crowd gathered upon witnessing the military following the girls. Subsequently, the soldiers threw a bomb to the crowd, resulting in the death of a Rohingya man. Another bomb was thrown into the crowd and it killed three Rohingya individuals and injured eight others," he posted on social media.


Regarding the incident, Narinjara News tried to contact U Hla Thein, spokesperson for the Rakhine State military junta and  Sittwe number 1 police station, but did not receive any response.

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