Five killed in clash with security police in Hpakant

Workers use heavy earth-excavators at the Hpa Kant jade mining area, Kachin State, northern Myanmar. Photo: La Min Tun/EPA

Five migrant workers trying to scavenge gems were shot dead and about 20 others were injured during a clash with security police on Wednesday night at a jade mine in the resource-rich Hpakant township mining region, RFA reported quoting a local police official said.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Myo Thura Naung from the Kachin State Police told RFA’s Myanmar Service that more than 60 workers entered the operations of a Myanmar-China joint venture called Triple One Company in the Lone Kin mining area at 9:30 p.m.

After security guards made them turn back, about 600 returned an hour later and refused to let the guards stop them from entering the area, he said.

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