A school in Myanmar has been fired from a helicopter by the country’s army. Six students of that school were killed and 17 were injured.
At that time, the army personnel detained 20 students and teachers of the school. News from Reuters, Irrawaddy and Telegraph.
Myanmar media Irrawaddy reported that the school was in session when military helicopters struck on Friday.
At least four students were killed on the spot in the indiscriminate firing from above and two others died after the injured were taken to a nearby hospital.
Apart from the shooting at the school, two residents of the village also said that an army team searched the village of Let Yet Koon in search of ‘terrorists’. Their names have not been released by the media for security reasons.
However, many have posted photos of the attack and search operation on social media. In those pictures, the bullet-hit walls of the school and traces of blood were seen in various places.
Myanmar’s military said in a statement on Monday that the operation was based on information that “terrorists” from anti-ruling junta armed rebel groups the Kachin Independent Army (KIA) and the People’s Democratic Force (PDF) had taken refuge at the school in the village of Let Yet Khong in the country’s central Sagaing province.
The statement also claimed that the village was used by ‘terrorists’ as a route to transport their weapons.
It has been mentioned in the statement that the casualty occurred due to the terrorists using the common people of the village as ‘human shields’. Besides, the army also claimed that 16 hand-made bombs were recovered from the school and various houses in the village.
Meanwhile, Myanmar’s anti-junta shadow government, the National Unity Government (NAG), condemned the incident in a counter statement, saying that the junta is killing innocent civilians to maintain its power. Nag also demanded the immediate release of the detained teachers and students.