SAGAING DIVISION: Junta forces abducted 15 villagers from Hlataw village, Wetlet township, Shwebo district, Sagaing division as hostages on May 24 and 3 among them fled and escaped, as said by the local people.
The people who escaped are 55-year-old Mr. Myint Oo, 33-year-old Mr Phoe La Pyae and 29-year-old Mr. Soe Lin and they fled and escaped from junta forces on the early morning of May 25, as said by the member of Hlataw People Defence Force.
“They were taken 5 in one group. They were abducted to be asked to carry the ammunition. They heard that junta forces would re-enter and torch Hlataw village. On the morning of May 25, while junta forces were drinking alcohol and got drunk, they ran from the back entrance. They were accompanied by other people but the information of the rest who fled along with them haven’t been heard yet,” as continued by him.
The junta forces that abducted the hostages were stationed in Wetlet and it was heard that they would come back to Hlataw village, as said by the local people.
Currently, some local people from Hlataw are still reaping the sesame crops, but they are ready to flee when the junta forces come back into the village.
On May 23, while a junta column with about 70 soldiers were deploying military actions in Hlataw village, they checked two men riding motorcycles at the entrance of the village, who were abducted as they allegedly saw mines with them and shot dead near the forest.