On Wednesday, indiscriminate shelling by State Administration Council (SAC) killed a one-year-old infant and a 12-year-old, while also wounding their mother and 4-year-old sibling in Nawngkio Township in northern Shan State.
According to Ko Ausmon, the spokesperson for Mandalay People’s Defence Force (PDF), which is engaged in fighting with SAC in the township, regime soldiers randomly shelled the area from their Thanbo camp, causing casualties in Zee Phyu Yay when the shell struck the family’s home. He mentioned that the two children were killed on the spot in an area where no fighting was reported, and his medics are currently treating the survivors.
Later that evening, SAC soldiers shot dead a businessman near the CB Bank in Zay Ward of Nawngkio town. After killing the man, junta soldiers picked up his body and drove away in an army truck.
On Thursday morning, a regime-fired shell injured a woman in Zone 6 of Nam Hpat Kar in Kutkai Township. According to a volunteer with the Metta Shin social volunteer team, who transported the 35-year-old woman to Muse Public Hospital, shrapnel had entered her abdomen.
An anonymous woman from Kutkai Township said that SAC was shelling from its base in Nam Hpat Kar from 6 am to 2 am. “Shells landed in my paddy field and killed five cattle.”
In late October, regime shells killed two civilians in Zone 4 of Nam Hpat Kar, while at least five people were injured. A local source mentioned, “Locals are hiding in their homes and do not dare to leave. However, some farmers are still harvesting their paddy and maize despite fearing for their safety.”
In Nawngkio Township, a jet fighter attacked a Hindu temple in Kyauk Kyan on October 29, killing a man and wounding two people.
PDF and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) have been attacking an SAC convoy of 40 trucks and 2 tanks in the township, sent from Pyin Oo Lwin to assist troops fighting resistance forces in Kyaukme, Hsipaw, and Lashio in northern Shan State. SAC has launched airstrikes to try to stop the resistance groups from ambushing the convoy, which has been bogged down in the Gok Twin area for days.
More than 25,000 have been displaced by the clashes in Nawngkio Township, with many seeking shelter in Buddhist monasteries in Thaphan Kai, Thon Sel, Ngo Kalay, In-waing, Bang Bwe, and Pyin Oo Lwin in Mandalay Region.
According to the Ta’ang Women Organisation, since the Three Brotherhoods Alliance launched its 1027 Operation on October 27, there have been 37 civilians killed, including several children, and 65 people have been wounded, until November 11.