On October 21 this past Friday, two civilians from the eastern side of Demawso Township were abducted and tortured by junta troops as they returned home from their farm in Bawlake Township of Karenni State. During questioning, they say they were blindfolded, handcuffed, tortured with a knife, beaten with a stick, punched in the face, and burned with cigarettes, for more than seven hours.
“They were abducted at 10:00 a.m. on the 21st, then taken to an army camp and interrogated by the terrorist troops, and weren’t released until 6:00 p.m. that day,” said a source close to the victims. The abused farmers are two men ages 32 and 27. They said that they were abducted by more than 60 junta troops and taken to a four-story building outside the town, where they were tortured and interrogated.
On that day a battle occurred between Karenni defense forces and junta troops. As the two farmers were returning home, the troops kidnapped and interrogated them on suspicion of involvement with the Karenni forces. The two are currently receiving medical treatment at home for the torture wounds suffered during the interrogation,” said the local source.
On October 18 the Karenni National Defense Force (KNDF) and the Karenni Army (KA) attacked three locations including a military council checkpoint in front of a four-story building at the entrance of Bawlake town, killing 7 terrorist troops and injuring more than 7 others. The KNDF has urged the public to be careful when traveling near the battle site.