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Myanmar army denies deadly attack on school, media say



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Myanmar’s military government on Tuesday denied reports of attacks on children.
Myanmar’s military government said the media had distorted the news.
Witnesses say the Burmese army attacked the school, killing several children.

Bangkok. Myanmar’s military government on Tuesday denied reports that the army had carried out an airstrike on a school in the country’s restive north-central region. The army blamed the media for distorting the facts. Major General Jae Min Tun, spokesperson for the ruling military council, admitted at a press conference in the capital, Napita, that fighting has been going on since last Friday in Tabyin township of Sagaing region. . However, he held armed opponents of the government responsible for the losses. Six adult villagers, including children living in the school, were also injured in this attack.

Witnesses told The Associated Press and other media that two people in the helicopter fired machine guns at a Buddhist monastery school in the village of Leit Yet Kone. In this school, 20 volunteers teach 240 students from kindergarten to class VIII. The school administration said about 80 soldiers came to the monastery and opened fire. The administrator, who gave his pseudonym Mar Mar, said 30 children were injured in the shooting. While 20 other children were taken away by the soldiers along with three teachers.

Military government attacks on pro-democracy rebels and their allies often result in civilian casualties. However, the number of children killed in an airstrike last Friday in Tabayin township in Sagaing region appears to be the highest since the army seized power in February last year. The military takeover sparked massive non-violent protests across the country. The military and police responded with deadly force. According to a report published by UNICEF this month, the fighting was particularly fierce in Sagaing, where the army launched several offensive operations. Villages have been burned in some cases, displacing over half a million people.

Keywords: Burma