Three family members injured by junta mortar fire in Loikaw Township

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Kantarawaddy Times

Three family members were injured when a mortar shell fired by junta troops fell near a house at 4:00 a.m. this morning (October 26) in Warikawku village, Loikaw Township, Karenni State, according to the Shwe Loikaw Charitable Association.

“A father, mother, and son were injured. The youth has a serious head injury and was sent to the hospital. His condition isn’t known yet, but we are monitoring him at the hospital,” said a representative of the Shwe Loikaw Charitable Association who participated in the rescue.

The injured father, 46-year-old U Toh, has a wound in his hip, while the mother, 45-year-old Daw Mu Haik, has abdominal and gluteal wounds; the son, 25-year-old Ko Kamiyo Puha, was hit in the left arm and ankle and in his head. All three were sent to Loikaw Hospital, where the son is in critical condition.

At 4 o’clock this morning in Warikawku village, junta’s 422 Battalion based in Mobye began firing mortars into civilian areas spontaneously, where there had not been fighting, according to the Mobye People’s Defense Force. Shells were fired every 15 minutes in the village, and one of them fell near a residence, causing the injuries. The PDF is cautioning the public regarding the shelling.

Two days ago on October 24th, a mortar shell fell at the military checkpoint of Konetha village, not far from Warikawku, killing a couple and injuring and orphaning their 8-year-old son and 6-month-old daughter. A total of 10 civilians were injured and two were killed junta mortar fire from October 1st to the 26th in Karenni area.

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