Landmine kills Kayin village head

A village administrator was reportedly killed on September 16 when he stepped on a landmine while trying to escape fighting near Myaing Gyi Ngu, Kayin State.

He fled his home from a village trapped by fighting between the Border Guard Force (BGF) and the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army in Methawaw.

A refugee in Myaing Gyi Ngu said he was killed by a landmine blast on his way and about 2,000 people from three villages were trapped in the fighting near Kyonehtaw waterfall where the fighting is taking place.

Saw Hto Htoo, 40, was head of Yaytagun Ahtet village, he said.

A BGF member said the trapped villagers were being rescued one by one.  

The fighting continued near the upper part of Kyonehtaw waterfall, Methawaw, Hlaingbwe Township and the three villages were sandwiched between it, villagers reported.

“The fighting continued until the morning of September 16. There are villages sandwiched between the fighting,” said a Myawaddy resident.

Around 3,500 residents from 22 villages have reportedly fled their homes to Myaing Gyi Ngu.