BANGKOK (AP) – Airstrikes by Myanmar’s military have killed more than 60 people, including singers and musicians, who attended a birthday celebration of the Kachin ethnic minority’s main political organization, group members and a rescue worker said Monday.
The reported attack comes three days before Southeast Asia’s foreign ministers will hold a special meeting in Indonesia to discuss rising violence in Myanmar.
The number of casualties at Sunday night’s celebrations by the Kachin Independence Organization in northern Kachin state appeared to be the highest in a single airstrike since the military seized power from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi in February last year.
It was impossible to independently confirm the details of the incident, although media sympathetic to the Kachin posted videos showing what would be the aftermath of the attack, featuring splintered and flattened wooden structures. There was no immediate comment from the military or government media.
Myanmar has been ravaged for decades by uprisings by ethnic minorities seeking autonomy, but opposition to the government increased significantly across the country with the formation of an armed pro-democracy movement to resisted last year’s military takeover. year.
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