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A National League for Democracy (NLD) party local village chair and his nephew were hacked to death by USDP supporters in the Magway region of Myanmar.

According to Myanmar Now, an independent Myanmar news agency, the attack occurred in the village of Kyaung Gone Gyi killed 53-year-old U Htway Naing, the National League for Democracy’s local chair as well as his 17-year-old nephew Nan Wai Aung.

In gruesome photos that surfaced on Twitter, a body was laying on the ground, practically beheaded.

The body belonged to either the village chairman or his nephew, though it was not specified in the photo.

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The attack came from supporters of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). The USDP is widely recognized as a pro-military party.

Village chair U Htway Naing’s son, Bo Bo, was also attacked, but survived. 

Myanmar Now reported Bo Bo’s testimony regarding the incident.

Bo Bo explained that the attack occurred as the two victims, along with six other family members, were their way home from a friend’s house. Then, about 25 knife-wielding USDP supporters attacked them.

“They were waiting in front of the wood workshop,” he told Myanmar Now. “When we passed by, they came towards us and attacked us. They had their weapons ready.” 

“When we fell over, they stabbed us with knives. When they couldn’t reach us to stab us, they attacked us with catapults. I heard them saying ‘If they die, we can do whatever we want. Kill them all’,” Bo Bo told Myanmar Now.

According to reporter Mratt Kyaw Thu, “Dead bodies were taken by police and military to military’s hospital and rejected the victim’s family to tag along.”

It is the latest development in the violence-stricken military coup situation.

It is not the first incident in which a USDP supporter has killed an NLD supporter. 

Myanmar Now also reported a similar incident that occurred in Nov. 2020

A man named Aung Zin Phyo, a 31-year-old resident of Tagongyi, a village in Ayeyarwady region’s Kangyidaunt township, was attacked by USDP supporters from his own village.

The attack was brutal, and reporter Zaw Ye Thwe of Myanmar Now reported that Aung Zin Phyo’s wife said his face was unrecognizable after the attack.

Aung Zin Phyo died of the injuries sustained shortly after the attack.

There have been several other deaths as protests against the military coup have been ongoing since Feb. 1.

Written ByLinn Win

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