It is known that five young men were shot and killed by the junta troops in Myingyan Township, Mandalay Region.
Five young men were dragged down from a vehicle and shot dead by the junta troops near Magyithamyar Village, Myingyan Township, at around 1:00 a.m. on January 27, according to some local residents.
“There were hunters on that side. When they saw the lights of the car, they hid in the bushes, thinking it was a military vehicle. The lights of the car were shining in the opposite direction. They tied the hands of the five children and covered their faces with clothes. Then they shot them with guns. The witnesses were also afraid and crouched down,” said a person close to the witness.
The five youths who were killed were Tin Myo Khaing (19 years old), Khant Chaw (19 years old), Myat Thu (19 years old), Khaing Wai Phyo (25 years old) from Oak Taik Taw Village, Taung Thar Township, and Mwa Tar (22 years old) from Ward No. 2 in Myingyan Township.
A relative of one of the murdered youths said that the five youths went to the KTV in Myingyan Town on the evening of January 26th.
“They said they were going to Myingyan, and their uncle told their parents that it was not a good time, so the parents called them. But they couldn’t. They didn’t go to Myingyan on motorcycles. They went by bus,” he said.
It is said that soldiers and Pyu Saw Htee militia are running KTV and massage rooms in Myingyan Town.
He speculated that the five youths may have been abducted due to not having enough money at the KTV, got into trouble with the Pyu Saw Htee militia, and may have been killed near the Magyithamyar Village.
“Pyu Saw Htee and soldiers opened those KTVs. It doesn’t seem like they have enough money to pay. They might have been eating and drinking a little there. It appears that they were having a minor disagreement at the KTV. I don’t know this from the inside. I’m just guessing. The parents don’t know the truth yet,” he said.
He added that the junta troops lied and said that there were no gunshot wounds.
“I’ve already seen the pictures. The brains in the head are also gone,” he said.
The bodies of the five youths were brought back to Taungthar Township and buried at around 1:30 p.m. today (January 28th).