Myanmar, army shot dead at least six people detained in Rakhine state.
Members of the Myanmar Red Cross Society carry a wounded man from a boat to Sittwe Hospital in Rakhine State on Thursday. Photo – EPA
Six people were killed and eight others injured during a disturbance at a school compound where hundreds of villagers were being detained by government forces in a village in Rathedaung township, Rakhine State, a senior spokesman of the Tatmadaw (military) said on Thursday.
Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun said the casualties happened before dawn on Thursday when some detainees crowded around the police officers guarding them, and the police fired warning shots to stop them.
A spokesman confirmed troops fired on unarmed detainees saying they had tried to grab the soldiers’ weapons.
More than 30,000 mainly Buddhist civilians have been displaced in the latest fighting between national forces and the rebels.