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15 killed in airstrike on Myanmar village: Media

Local media reported Sunday that at least 15 people, including children, were killed in an airstrike on a village in northwestern Myanmar.

The country is engulfed in increasingly brutal fighting, with the military junta battling enemies in the north and east.

The strike hit a village in Kampat township, Tam district, at around 10:15 a.m. (4:15 p.m. Japan time).

Local media said the death toll was 15, including children, and 20 injured.

But two witnesses, a man and a woman, who asked to remain anonymous for their safety, told AFP the cost was much higher.

The man said he could see junta fighter jets overhead during the attack and said, “19 people were killed, including eight children.''

He said the first bomb targeted two churches in the village and a second attack occurred as people fled the buildings.

“Most of them were killed outside the church area while on the run,” he said.

He said women and children were among those killed in the attack, and the crowd added to the death toll.

The plane reportedly dropped a total of six bombs.

“They targeted two churches, and the bombs hit outside the two churches and hit several homes,” he said.

Another device landed near a school in the area, he added.

State media reported late Sunday that reports about the attack were “fake news” and MRTV said at the time that no aircraft were operating in the area.

The village is under the control of the People's Defense Forces (PDF) group, one of many groups that have risen up to fight the military regime.

The military has designated these groups as “terrorists.”

The graduation ceremony for new employees scheduled for Sunday was moved to a nearby jungle.

“If they come to bomb our graduation venue, we can't blame them,” the man said, referring to the military.


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