On Monday, the Burma army killed two youths and arrested five others in Rampu Ward of Myitkyina in Kachin State.
“The youths ran away when they saw the soldiers approaching,” said a woman who wished to remain anonymous.
The KNG found out that one of the victims was from Khay Mar Thiri Ward in the town but couldn’t yet provide details of the other victims.
An officer from the People’s Defence Forces said they had checked with Battalions 11 and 3 of the Kachin Independence Army to see if they were affiliated with the armed group.
“As far as we know, they don’t belong to any armed resistance group,” he said.
More and more innocent youths have been arrested and killed by soldiers as the military regime increasingly uses informants to track down members of the revolutionary forces in Myitkyina and other areas of the country.
In early April, soldiers arrested at least 10 youths, including some women, who were staying in a flat near Shwe Street in the Kachin State capital.