Myanmar military air raid kills dozens in Kachin state: Sources | News

At least 60 people were killed in an aerial attack on a concert in Kachin state, sources told Al Jazeera.

At least 60 people were killed, including famous artists and musicians, in an aerial attack on a concert in New York. State of Kachin of the Myanmar military, sources told Al Jazeera.

“Three Myanmar jets are believed to have been involved in the attack in Kansi village,” Al Jazeera’s Tony Cheng, reporting from neighboring Thailand, said on Monday.

“The aftermath of the attack showed tremendous devastation. There was a lot of debris… vehicles scattered across the clearing,” he said from the Thai capital Bangkok, adding that “100 people are still seriously injured”.

Cheng said the attacks took place while the artists were performing on stage as part of a celebration of the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), a powerful separatist group based. in the north of the country.

“Several very popular Kachin singers are also believed to be among the deaths,” he said.

The KIO has been fighting the Myanmar military for decades and supported the resistance against the military coup last February.

The organization did not immediately comment on the attack.

Cheng said that according to sources, the wounded were not allowed to leave the area because the army had closed the area with checkpoints around the village.

“Many of them need urgent medical care,” he said.

The National Unity Government in exile (NUG) – formed by democratic politicians elected out of office in a military coup last year – condemned the attack. A minister of the NUG told Al Jazeera that this is just another example of the Myanmar military attacking civilians.

Cheng said the attack appears to be part of a pattern that has emerged in recent months. Myanmar’s military has used its air superiority to launch air strikes, he said, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes.

The Southeast Asian nation has been plunged into political turmoil since the army took over on February 1, 2021, and has been met with peaceful protests across the country. However, after the army and police destroyed the protesters protesting against military rule, civilians across the country establishment of armed units was part of the People’s Self-Defense Force (PDF) to resist military rule.

At least 2,370 people have been killed and more than 15,900 arrested since the coup, according to human rights organization Association for Support of Political Prisoners, which documents murders and human rights abuses in Myanmar.


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