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A heavy weapon blast hit near a restaurant on the road passing through the Dawna Range between Myawady and Kawkareik yesterday, killing four people and injuring ten people, according to reports.
Vendors and passengers were killed and injured after the blast took place at around 10:30 am while a line of vehicles carrying passengers waited in line due to a road block caused by a truck, according to Alebotal Sayadaw Sandimar.
“I went outside the monastery to tell the kids from the donation pavilion not to get too close near the vehicles as they were coming fast and the kids could be in danger. The weapon fell between the donation pavilion, the restaurant, and the passenger vehicles. At first, I didn’t know I was hurt. I only knew that I have been injured after I ran back inside the monastery. The rest of the patients have been sent to Kawkareik Hospital,” said the monk.
The monk has been receiving medical treatment for his leg injury at the Myawady Hospital after he arrived with a motorcycle. Myint Thein, age 40, one of the injured people, died on the way to Kawkareik Hospital. The rest of the injured people consist of three adults, three teenagers, and three children. The names of the dead people have not been revealed yet, according to a Kawkareik resident.”It’s bad that this took place on the Dawna Range. This may harm the livelihoods of the people and the trade. The economy of Myawady is border trade. This incident could lessen trade and largely affect the tourism industry,” said a business owner from Myawady.
Heavy fighting broke out for half an hour between Light Infantry Regiment 230 and the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) on Friday near the entrance of Katankuukawnwet village at the east of Kawkareik. Over 200 local residents fled to Thai-side after heavy weapons were fired near the military security camp at Warpoe Hills. The Thai army and officials have been providing aids to the refugees at Maethawaw monastery in Thailand.


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