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Kungyankone robbers kill two, wound 13

Rangoon (Mizzima) – Two residents died and 13 were wounded, some critically, by gunfire and grenade blasts on Sunday when villagers gathered to foil armed robbers who had invaded a home in Kungyankone Township, police and residents said.

Five robbers, three of whom apparently wearing army uniforms, forced their way into the home of farmer Thein Myint at 9:30 p.m. They beat her at gunpoint and demanded one million Kyats after tying up her labourers. Answering shouts from the bound labourers, villagers surrounded the house in a bid to stop the robbery. In response, the robbers shot and lobbed grenades into the crowd to make good their escape. 

Villagers Moe Win, 26, and Thant Zaw, 23, died immediately in the onslaught, a Rangoon Division police officer said. 

Six other villagers including Thein Myint were critically injured and admitted to Rangoon General Hospital and seven were taken to Kungyankone Hospital, hospital sources said. 

A Kungyankone administrative official told Mizzima the robbers had apparently taken advantage of a local power blackout. 

“The men showed up at about 9:30 p.m. when the village power generator had stopped,” the official said. “At first the villagers didn’t realise their usually peaceful village was being robbed … until they heard the farm labourers’ shouts.” 

Villagers said three of the robbers wore army uniforms but that police had refused to comment on the issue. 

“When we heard the shouting, we surrounded the house and Moe Win and Thant Zaw tried to enter the house,” a villager said. “The robbers shot them and lobbed grenades into the crowd. The two men were killed on the spot.” 

The shootings and blasts took place at about 11 p.m., he said. 

“The robbers then escaped through the back door and villagers carrying torches chased them,” he added. “The robbers fired about 50 shots back at their pursuers and lobbed more grenades during their getaway.”


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