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In nightmarish account, villagers describe junta raid that left 9 civilians dead

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Daw Aye was cooking rice when junta troops quietly entered her village in Myanmar’s northern Sagaing region – a stronghold of armed resistance against the military since the 2021 coup – and grabbed her three sons.

She dropped everything and ran out to find that the soldiers had forced her sons to lie facedown in the dirt with their hands tied behind their back. 

The soldiers then began kicking them – Aung Ko, 35, San Naing, 21, and Nay Myo Aung, 17 – as they begged for mercy.

“I cried out that my sons hadn’t done anything illegal and begged to let them go,” Daw Aye told Radio Free Asia on video camera in a first-hand account of the attack on Khin-U township’s Ah Lel Sho village on Dec. 28.

It was the start of a six-day nightmare that left several homes burned to the ground and nine civilians killed.

“My sons cried and begged but they went on kicking them with their military boots,” she said, but they ignored her.

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“I was about to get up when the other two women did and I was told not to. They were taken a little distance away and then I heard two gunshots,” she said. “They were killed on the spot.”

The soldiers then inexplicably let Daw Aye go, and told her not to turn back toward the village.

Some time later, after the soldiers left, she returned to find the charred remains of her three sons’ bodies. 

Over the course of the next five days, until Jan. 2,

Daw Aye was cooking rice when junta troops quietly entered her village in Myanmar’s northern Sagaing region – a stronghold of armed resistance against the military since the 2021 coup – and grabbed her three sons. The soldiers then began kicking them – Aung Ko, 35, San Naing, 21, and Nay Myo Aung, 17 – as they begged for mercy. The soldiers then inexplicably let Daw Aye go, and told her not to turn back toward the village.

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