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Myanmar’s ethnic army allegedly killed 25 workers


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Amid clashes with rebel fighters and ethnic forces supporting the anti-coup movement in Myanmar, the Burmese junta’s media outlet is reporting that an ethnic army has killed 25 construction workers after kidnapping 47 people last month.

Photos of what appeared to be 25 dead bodies in a forest were published and broadcast by the government-owned Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper and Myawaddy Television, which in turn is owned by the Myanmar Armed Forces.

To verify the reports in a country with strict press laws, Reuters reporters tried to reach the Karen National Defense Organization but received no response at press time. Reuters also contacted a spokesman for the junta, but he did not answer calls and Reuters reporters were unable to confirm the messages.

Since the military takeover on Feb. 1, the ouster of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, an Assistance Association for Political Prisoner, estimated 860 people have been killed by security forces, while the junta says the number of cases is lower. The prominent armed wing of the Karen National Union has sided with the anti-coup movement, leading to clashes between the ethnic army and the Burmese army.

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