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Indiscriminate artillery shelling displaces villagers in Shwebo Township

Villagers have fled to safer places as the military council troops and Pyu Saw Htee are carrying out indiscriminate shootings and torching the houses in a village in the east of Shwebo Township in Sagaing Region, according to locals.

The military council troops and Pyu Saw Htee stationed in Kaw village in the east of Shwebo started indiscriminate shootings into Tayawtaw village at around 7 am on January 17.

A local said: “I saw soldiers from Light Infantry Battalion-12 and members of Pyu Saw Htee firing shots into the village with heavy weapons and small arms and looting the houses. They are the terrorist groups which are worse than robbers.”

Tayawtaw village has more than 70 households. The military council is carrying out intentional attacks although the People’s Defense Forces (PDFs) are not stationed in the village, locals said.
On January 17, villagers fled for safety due to the military council’s indiscriminate shootings.
Pyu Saw Htee members looted the houses in the village when locals fled for safety. They also burned down more than five houses in the village, locals said.

Till January 18, the villagers are unable to return to their village as the junta soldiers and Pyu Saw Htee members remain near Tayawtaw village.

Currently, the junta soldiers remain in the village, according to Tayawtaw villagers.

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