Refugees allege troops rape, beat, kill Kokang people


War victims who fled from the conflict zone line up for food at a monastery in Lashio, northern Shan State, Myanmar, February 19, 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Refugees in Kokand are accusing Myanmar government troops of gang rape, beatings and shootings of unarmed civilians, in a bid to terrorize the local population since fighting with rebel forces began on February 9, according to Radio Free Asia on March 25.

RFA interviewed a refugee who said groups of Myanmar government soldiers are roaming around, using rape, beatings and shootings as a weapon of war against local people.

She said the army “comes at night, when you can't see them, because they think that the local people are working for [rebel commander] Peng Jiasheng."

The refugee claimed groups of soldiers are attacking civilians in the belief that they are Peng's soldiers, even if they are unarmed.

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