18 June 2022
Yangon (Chindwin): After more than a month, the mass execution committed by the junta army has come to light after a mobile phone lost by one of the alleged perpetrators was picked up by a local and sent to RFA Burmese.
A total of 28 civilians were tied and brutally murdered in what appears to be at the village of Mon Taing Pin in Ye-U township of Sagaing region on 10 May.
Around the second week of May, a local media – Ayadaw Post reported that the junta army took around 30 civilians and used them as a human shield during the operation.
Locals have confirmed to Mizzima that the junta troops brutally killed all victims at the Mon Taing Pin village, and several bodies were seen laying in the pool of blood before all the bodies were burned along with the residential properties.
A soldier took a selfie and video boasting of killing the 28 people mercilessly and admitted that he slashed their throats and cut them into pieces.
The soldiers captured on the mobile show no sign of remorse or feeling bad about killing innocent citizens. One soldier, who appears to be the owner of the phone, said that he has been interested in killing people since his childhood.
Some of the photos are dated 28 April, according to RFA Burmese.
The mobile phone is confirmed Oppo – a Chinese-made mobile and confirmed to be picked up by a local from Ayadaw township.
The 28 victims are identified by Mizzima as the following:
- U Aung Than Shwe
- Ko Zaw Lwin
- Ko Myint Tun
- Ko Kyaw Paing
- Ko Moe Khaine
- Ko Thein Lin
- Ko Tun Lin Aung
- Ko Aung San Win
- U Thein Han
- Ko Zaw Min Aung
- Ko Soe Tun
- Ko Zaw Moe Lwin
- Ko Nyein Hlaing
- Ko Aung Htoo
- Ko Kyaw Aye
- Ko Phu Phyu
- Ko Nyi Nyi Min
- Ko Ze Lin
- Ko Myo Thant
- U Win Myint
- U Sein Naing
- Ko THei Myint Swe
- Ko Min Yu Wai
- U Kan Win
- Ko Soe Soe Tun
- Ko Win Nyunt
- Ko Kyaw Min Aung
- Ko Kyaw Thu
The perpetrating troops, according to the number attached on their assault rifle verified by a major who joined Civil Disobedience Movement in early of the coup in 2021, are from Light Infantry Battalion – 708 at the Yangon Regional Command.
The number attached on the gun indicates the troops are from LIB – 708 in Yangon regional command. Photo/Screen shot via RFA
Zaw Min Tun, a spokesperson of the military junta, said that they have to contact the ground troops, and an investigation is underway when contacted by RFA Burmese.
Yet, Mr Zaw Min Tun did not deny the allegation of mass killing committed by the junta troops in July last year, saying that the Tatmadaw needed to defend themselves.
The junta troops had committed several accounts of massacres and mass burning the entire villages since the military seized power on 01 February 2021.
In July 2021, the junta troops carried out a mass killing that resulted in the deaths of at least 40 civilians in Sagaing region.
On the eve of Christmas 2021, the junta’s Tatmadaw carried out mass killings in Demoso township in which two staff members of international charity Save the Children were among 35 people fatally killed and burned alive in Kayah state.
More than 5,000 houses have been razed to the ground in Sagaing region alone since the military took power in February 2021, according to Data for Myanmar.