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16 Killed in Military Attack on Myanmar Monastery

Sat 11 May 2024 | 08:49 PM
Israa Farhan

At least 16 people have been killed in one of Myanmar's Buddhist monasteries after it was targeted in a raid carried out by the ruling military council.

An eyewitness who participated in the rescue efforts told the German news agency (DPA) today, Friday, that about 50 others were injured in the attack, which occurred yesterday morning, Thursday.

The military assault came after a meeting held in the monastery located in the town of "Su," attended by members of the local defense forces, who resist the military council, and involved multiple surrounding villages.

According to information, the death toll is likely to increase.

Most of the victims were burned to the extent that their identities cannot be determined. The head of the monastery and several monks were also killed. The attack entirely razed the monastery.

The generals have ruled Myanmar (formerly Burma) with an iron fist since the military coup in February 2021, suppressing any resistance with brutal force. The military often launches its attacks from the air