BAGO DIVISION – The nine people who escaped from Taungoo prison, who were prior members of special strategic group, People’s Defense Force (PDF), will resume their duty at a liberated area in Taungoo District, according to an official of the ground PDF.
He stated, “They are safe now and are together with ground forces. Their health is also good and will resume their previous duties. Subsequent situation will be updated in details for the public as opportunity arises.”
Twelve political prisoners had court appearances on May 18 at 2:55 p.m. in Taungoo prison and at that time, they took the weapons from the guards and attacked them. Nine of them escaped with 4 weapons but three did not.
One of guards, a corporal from the junta troops, was reportedly killed during the attack and one Phyu Saw Htee member was injured. The nine escapees procured one carbine, one MA 11, one pistol and one G3 during the escape.
The persons who were able to escape are:
Mr Thant Zin
Mr Aung Kyaw Oo
Mr Bayda alias Phone Nyunt Zaw
Mr Zin Ko Ko Aung
Mr Thiha Aung
Mr Nyein Chan Aung
Mr Toe Naing Tun
Mr Sithu Than Aye
Ms Khin Myo Kyi.
They were being detained by the junta under the terrorist act.
The mother of Mr Thiha Aung alias Kyan Ywet was also detained in the evening of May 18, 2023 from her home in Taungoo and she has not been released until May 25, 2023.