Monday, June 6, 2011

One Burmese soldier, girl killed in Three Pagoda Pass; schools close

Monday, 06 June 2011 21:38 Kun Chan and Ko Wild

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – One Burmese soldier and a girl were killed by unknown gunmen in Three Pagoda Pass in Mon State on Monday.  All schools and shops in the town were closed.

One of two buildings damaged by a grenade
launcher on Monday in Three Pagoda Pass
in an attack which killed three people.
Photo: Mizzima
Three masked gunmen on a motorcycle fired a 79 mm grenade into the Military Affairs Security office at about 3 p.m. They then fired another grenade into a nearby location, killing a young girl and injuring two men.

The first shot hit killed Lance Corporal Kyaw Kyaw Aung, 33, and injured the military intelligence detachment chief, Soe Win.

In the second shot, a 13-year-old girl, Naw Chit Snow Oo, from Mae Katha village north of Three Pagoda Pass was killed. New Mon State Party (NMSP) member Nai Aung Chan and a motorcycle taxi driver were injured.

‘The streets in the city are deserted. No one will go out because the rumours say more clashes will break out’, said a local resident.

The gunmen left their motorcycle and commandeered another motorcycle for their escape, an eyewitness said.

A rumour has been circulating that Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) troops will raid Three Pagoda Pass since last week. Infantry battalion (IB) 284 deployed a security cordon at government offices in the town.

DKBA 907th battalion led by Bo A One struck a government army unit stationed near Mae Kathar village, 6 kms northwest Three Pagoda Pass, on May 26 in a hit-and-run attack.

The DKBA 906th Battalion raided Three Pagoda Pass on November 8 and set government offices on fire. After that clash, more than 2,000 local people fled the town.

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