One Dead, Two Wounded in Shooting of Cattle Truck Convoy in Kyaukme

An unknown armed group attacked trucks carrying cattle past the Upper Yeywa Dam in northern Shan State’s Kyaukme Township on Saturday, killing one driver and injuring two passengers.

Shooters opened fire on five vehicles belonging to the Pearl Htoo Thit company at around 10:00 a.m. on July 27. According to the Kan Lint Letmyar social volunteer team, one man was killed at the scene and two others who sustained injuriesdescribed as assistant driverswere taken to Kyaukme hospital.

When we arrived, we saw that the driver had been killed. We sent his body to Kyaukme hospital, U Ne Aung, who works with Kan Lint Letmyar, told SHAN.

Pearl Htoo Thit is known for exporting cattle to China.

It is not uncommon for trucks carrying cattle to be attacked in northern Shan State, putting drivers at risk. No one knows who is behind such shootings. On May 1, a 12-wheel truck owned by the Kay Khaine Kyaw company was shot at in a similar manner, killing the driver on the spot.


Shan Rights Group Calls for Justice for Villagers Abused By Tatmadaw

The authorities should take action against government soldiers who beat villagers in Mong Peng Township in Eastern Shan State this month, the Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF) said.

SHRF reported last week that troops from Light Infantry Battalion 579 beat 32-year-old Ja Paul of Mong Leng village on July 6. They reportedly accused him of buying rice for soldiers from Shan ethnic armed organizations.

As usual, the Burmese soldiers accused villagers of working for the Shan army. The soldiers interrogated and beat villagers. They should not do this, Sai Hor Hseng, an SHRF spokesperson, told SHAN.

He added that locals have also said that Burma Army soldiers harvested their crops and taken their livestock without permission.

In their statement, SHRF said that the authorities in Burma and Shan State should investigate these reports and see to it that the soldiers involved held accountable.

The incidents occurred west of the city of Kengtung, where the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) and the Burma Army are among the armed groups active. The RCSS signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement with the Burmese military and government in 2015, but fighting has persisted throughout the peace process.

The Shan army already signed a ceasefire agreement. [The Burma Army] should not beat villagers. They should not take people’s property. They should not make trouble for locals, Sai Hor Hseng said.