bangkok Government helicopters in Myanmar(Government Helicopter) A school and a village were attacked, killing 13 people, including seven children. The school administrator and a support worker informed this information on Monday. The attack took place on Friday in the village of Let Yat Kon in Tabain, about 110 kilometers from Mandalay, the country’s second largest city. A school administrator said two of the four Mi-35 helicopters hovering north of the village began attacking the school with machine guns and heavy weapons, trying to take students to safety in classrooms on the ground floor. Six students died at the school and a 13-year-old boy was also shot dead in a nearby village, he said.
Military government attacks on pro-democracy rebels and their allies often result in civilian casualties. However, the number of children killed in an airstrike in Tabain town in Sagaing region appears to be the highest since the military seized power in February last year. The army’s takeover triggered widespread non-violent protests across the country. Army and police retaliated with deadly force. Fighting has been particularly fierce in Sagaing, where the military has launched several offensives, according to a report released by UNICEF this month. In some cases villages have been burned, displacing more than half a million people.
The incident took place in the village of Let Yot Kon in Tabain, also known as Dapain, about 110 kilometers (70 miles) northwest of the country’s second-largest city, Mandalay. School administrator Mar Mar said he was trying to move students to safety in a ground-floor classroom when two of four Mi-35 helicopters hovering north of the village began attacking the school with machine guns and heavy weapons. He said he did not expect any attack. Because the plane passed over the village without incident.