Artillery types

4 injured after artillery shell lands in village in western region of Karenni State

An artillery shell fired by the Military Council at around 9:30 p.m. on November 9 hit a house in a village in West Kayan region of Karenni State, injuring 4 people.

A local said: “There were 4 injuries in total. They were injured in the stomach, shoulder, limbs and other parts of the body. The artillery shell fell directly on the house. There were 2 children sleeping in the house when the shell hit it. A child had a few injuries to his hand, neck and shoulder, but nothing serious. Another child is unharmed. The roof of the house was blown off and one side of the wall of the house completely collapsed. The house suffered heavy damage.

Among the injured, a 56-year-old man was in serious condition after being shot in the abdomen. A 45-year-old woman, an 80-year-old woman and a 10-year-old child sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Locals believe the shell was fired from Pekon Township by a long-range artillery unit. And some suggested that the type of ammunition could be 120 mm.

Another artillery shell fell outside the village that day, causing no damage.

As this was the first experience of an artillery shell falling on the village, residents were very scared and some temporarily fled to safe places.

“A shell fell about 2 miles outside the village about a month ago. But it was the first time it had landed straight in the village. The villagers were very surprised. We never nothing like this before. We are all panicking now,” said one villager.

Residents complained that the Military Council should not conduct such artillery fire in non-combat areas. It is said that some people fleeing war and a conflict zone, took refuge in the village where the shell fell.

In a previous attack on November 1, four civilians, including a pregnant woman, were injured when artillery shells hit the villages of Linphongyi and Wanpan in Loikaw township.