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April 9, 2021

11 killed as Myanmar protesters fight troops

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April 9, 2021

YANGON: Anti-coup demonstrators in Myanmar fought back with handmade guns and firebombs against a crackdown by security forces in a town in the northwest but at least 11 of the protesters were killed, domestic media reported on Thursday.

Initially, six truckloads of troops were deployed to quell protesters in the town of Taze, ‘the Myanmar Now’ and ‘Irrawaddy’ news outlets said. When the protesters fought back with handmade guns, knives and firebombs, five more truckloads of troops were brought in, a British wire service reported.

Fighting continued into Thursday morning and at least 11 protesters were killed and about 20 wounded, the media said. There was no word of any casualties among the soldiers. That would take the toll of civilians killed by security forces to over 600 since the junta seized power from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb 1, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP). It had a toll of 598 dead as of Wednesday evening.