TANINTHARYI DIVISION- Locals said that most of the locals of Zadi Village, who have been detained by junta troops as human shields, were released on Sunday evening (July 30).
The junta troops have been raiding the Khao Pyan, Diktakaw, Karein Chaung, Htwetwa, and Bawar Villages since July 27 and nearly 40 locals were detained and brought along with their columns as human shields.
It is reported that most of the detainees were released after 4 days of abduction.
“Yesterday (July 30) evening, the victims got back in touch with their families. They called and say that they were at the monastery in Nabule Town,” said a person close to the detainee who was set free.
Locals said that the abductees returned home on July 31 morning.
“According to those who were released, the junta soldiers did not beat them, but forced them to wear uniforms and carry weapons when they had been abducted,” said a local.
Among those who were arrested, 2 men from Khao Pyan Village are still being held by the military council. In addition, four more locals of the Lalshaung Village, Nabule region were reportedly abducted by junta troops as they passed through the area.
After the release of most of the abductees on July 30 evening, more than 100 Junta soldiers reportedly marched to the military camp at the seaport. Some soldiers also reportedly left (the town) in ships.
A local People’s Defense Force member of Yebyu said, “It’s hard to say where the junta troops are now. They’re no longer fighting as before and are in hidden sentries lately.”
Since the second week of July, there have been frequent clashes in the Nabule region, and casualties reported on both sides.