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Smoke and flames billow from vehicles in Myanmar’s Hpruso township on Friday. Government troops rounded up villagers, fatally shot more than 30 and set the bodies on fire, a witness and other reports said Saturday.

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Smoke and flames billow from vehicles in Myanmar’s Hpruso township on Friday. Government troops rounded up villagers, fatally shot more than 30 and set the bodies on fire, a witness and other reports said Saturday.

KNDF via AP

BANGKOK (AP) — The international aid group Save the Children said two of its staffers were missing in a massacre in eastern Myanmar that left more than 30 people, including women and children, dead and burned in their vehicles after they were reportedly shot by government troops as they were fleeing combat.

Photos of the aftermath of the Christmas Eve killings in Mo So village, just outside Hpruso township in Kayah state, spread on social media in the country, fueling outrage against the military that took power in February after ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

The accounts could not be independently verified. The photos showed the charred bodies of over 30 people in three burned-out vehicles.

On Sunday, the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar said it was appalled by the “barbaric attack in Kayah state that killed at least 35 civilians, including women and children.”

“We will continue to press for accountability for the perpetrators of the ongoing campaign of violence against the people of Burma,” it said in a statement.

Save the Children said it was suspending operations in the region.

A villager who said he went to the scene told The Associated Press that the victims had fled the fighting between armed resistance groups and Myanmar’s army near Koi Ngan village, which is just beside Mo So, on Friday. He said they were killed after they were arrested by troops while heading to refugee camps in the western part of the township.



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