Myanmar forces kill 25 in raid on town, resident and media say – News Vibe24

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    Myanmar security forces killed at least 25 people Friday in a clash with opponents of the military junta in a city in the center of the Southeast Asian nation, a Myanmar resident and language media reported on Sunday.
    An army spokesman did not respond to calls for comment on the Depayin violence in the Sagaing district, about 300 kilometers (200 miles) north of the capital Naypyidaw.
    Myanmar’s state-run New World Light said “armed terrorists” had ambushed security forces patrolling there, killing one and wounding six. He said the attackers retreated in retaliation by security forces.
    Myanmar has been plunged into chaos since the February 1 coup against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, with violence erupting in many parts of the country of more than 53 million people.
    A Depayin resident, who did not want to be identified for fear of retaliation, said four military trucks dropped soldiers on the village early Friday.
    The youths from a local People’s Defense Force, formed to oppose the junta, took up positions to confront them. However, they only had handguns and were forced to return by the heavier force of the security forces, the resident said.
    A total of 25 bodies had been collected after the battle, the resident said by telephone.
    BBC Burmese and Than Lwin Khet News had similar accounts.
    Reuters could not verify the details independently.
    The People’s Defense Forces Depayin said on its Facebook page that 18 of its members had been killed and 11 wounded.
    The People’s Defense Forces were formed by rivals of the junta in many parts of Myanmar, some of them in collaboration with a National Unity Government established underground as an adversary of the military administration.
    About two dozen ethnic armed groups have fought for decades on Myanmar’s border, but Depayin is at the heart of the Bamar national majority, which also dominates the armed forces.
    The coup violence has displaced more than 230,000 people from their homes, according to the United Nations. He also says more than 880 people have been killed by security forces since the coup and more than 5,200 are being held.
    The military authorities have stated that this information is not true, but have not given their own estimates.
    The military says the takeover was in line with the constitution. He was accused of fraud in the November elections by Suu Kyi’s party, although the allegations were rejected by the former electorate.

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