27 September 21
Yangon (Chindwin): At least 29 civilians have been reportedly killed by the Myanmar junta’s troops within 4-days after the Internet and telecommunication shutdown in ten townships in Sagaing Region.
Prior to the communication shutdown, the junta’s troops had reportedly suffered heavy casualties during a two-day long clash with combined forces of the Kachin Independent Army (KIA) and a newly formed People Defense Forces (PDF). The Myanmar’s military council responded by cutting off internet access and telecommunication lines.
The Myanmar junta’s troops stormed into villages and towns where internet and phone line were cut off and arrested, tortured, and killed anyone they saw on the street, according to a report from Khit Thit Media.
On 25 Sept, fighting broke out between the junta’s troops and local PDF near Taung Dwin Chawng, Mingin Township, and 15 PDF forces and 5 junta’s troops were reportedly killed, Khit Thit Media added.
The Chindwin has been unable to independently verify the number of civilians killed by the Myanmar junta’s force after communication shutdown across the Sagaing Region.
Fighting between the junta troops and resistance fighters has intensified in Sagaing, Chin State, and Karenni State since the National Unity Government (NUG) announced a nationwide revolt against the Myanmar military council.
The military council retaliates by cutting off communication lines, destroying homes and villages, and torturing and killing civilians across the country.