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Myanmar military airstrikes on ethnic rebel group kill about 50: Rebel spokesman

Last updated: October 24, 2022, 7:41 PM IST

about 50 people were killed, including KIA members and civilians (representative image from Reuters)

about 50 people were killed, including KIA members and civilians (representative image from Reuters)

Images shared by local media claiming to show the aftermath, with debris on the ground

Military airstrikes in Myanmar at a concert by a large ethnic rebel group have killed about 50 people and injured 70, the rebels said Monday. “Sunday around 20:40 (1440 GMT) two Myanmar military jets attacked” a ceremony held by the Kachin Independence Army, Colonel Naw Bu told AFP.

“About 50 people were killed, including KIA members and civilians,” he said, adding that about 70 were injured. Local media reported that up to 60 soldiers and civilians had been killed.

Images shared by local media are said to show the aftermath, with debris on the ground. The United Nations office in Myanmar said it was “deeply concerned and saddened by reports of airstrikes taking place in Hpakant, Kachin State”.

“Early reports suggest that more than 100 civilians may have been affected by the bombing,” the statement said. “Numerous fatalities have also been reported,” it added. A junta spokesman did not respond to the request for comment.

The KIA has regularly clashed with the military for decades, with fierce fighting erupting in the wake of last year’s coup.

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