Myanmar’s military killed at least 11 children on Friday (Sept 16) in a school in the country’s northern Sagaing region with gunfire from a helicopter. Another 15 children are still missing, according to the UN children’s agency UNICEF. This information was reported in a BBC report on Tuesday (September 20).
According to reports, Sagaing has a stronghold of a rebel group in the country. Last Friday, the army opened fire on a temple-run school in Let Yet Kon village there.
Explaining the reason for the attack on the school, Myanmar’s junta government said it raided the school after receiving information that insurgents were hiding there. The age of the students in that school is between 6 and 14 years.
Earlier, BBC Burmese confirmed that at least six children were killed in the attack. Among the children killed at the school were two boys aged 7 and 14 and three girls aged 7, 9 and 11.
Besides, a 13-year-old boy was fishing with his father near the school. He was shot dead there. Locals also said that the army took away the bodies of most of the children.
Six other villagers were killed in Friday’s attack. Five of them were men and one woman, according to BBC Burmese.
Based on this incident, UNICEF said that the children were killed by ‘indiscriminate firing’ from the sky. The agency has called for the immediate release of the 15 missing children.