Landmines Killed Two Civilians and Wounded One More villager in Ann Twosnhip, Rakhine State in Myanmar

Photo provided by Myo Lwin. A villager injured by landmine in Gyeik Chiang village on July 30. 

AN. Sittway. July 31, 2020.

Landmines killed 2 civilians and wounded one more villager in Gyeik Chaung village in Zu Kaing village track in Ann township, southern Rakhine State, on July 30.

The landmine exploded in the farm in mountain located 2 miles from Gyeik Chaung village and killed U Maung Tin, 60, on the spot on July 29. 

An additional mine exploded near the dead body in the farm and injured Ko Supper Chay, 30, and U San Win, 48, on July 30 when they along with 8 other villagers were looking for late U Maung Tin in the farm, who did not appear at home. 

Ko Supper Chay died on the way to the village when the villagers were bringing back the two injured men. 

Some villagers said the body of late U Maung Tin were left in the farm because when the villagers they were carrying the two injured men to the village, they could not bring the dead body to home. 

On July 26, several shells fired from Myanmar army landed in Thea Kan Htaung village and injured a woman and three more villagers in Zu Kaing village track. 

Arakan Army statement said AA and Myanmar army were fighting on Yangon-Sittway Highway near Zu Kaing village on July 24. 

Thousands of villagers have been fleeing after the fight and shells landing in Zu Kaing village. 

Moreover, tens of thousands of villagers have fled to Ann and to mainland Myanmar from Dar Let village tracts after Myanmar army has been launching ‘clearance operation’ since June. 

Entire village tract contained with 38 villages have been looked down since last November and recently cleared the villagers and forced to relocated. 

Several villagers were also injured when Myanmar soldiers fired shell to a passenger boast near Zu Kahing village in early June. 

Location map of civilian casualties by landmine 

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