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February 26, 2018

Defence Services release statement on Myitkyina shooting incident

The defence services’ true news information team released a statement in connection with a shooting incident that occurred between a group of young people and two defence personnel that resulted in the death of a civilian in Myitkyina.
Maung Win Myo Thant, Maung Si Sar Ye, Ma Nan Lay War and Ma Nway Sandi Zaw asked for help from the security troops stationed at Balaminhtin Bridge at 9pm on 20 June, as they were being disturbed by eight youths, the statement said.
Lance Corporal Nan Hee Khin Tan and Private Maung Maung were assigned to take the four young people home. On their return, the two defence personnel were attacked by a group of eight people. Maung Guan Sai Aung was killed during the brawl following an attempt to snatch away a firearm from Private Maung Maung. The rest ran away.
Regarding the incident, the Kachin State police force had a press briefing on 22 June in order to deter the occurrence of unwanted consequences. The victim was reported to have a police record for his involvement in robbery in 2013. The statement said that the defence services would handle the case in accord with its rules and regulations.—Myanmar News Agency


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