NAY PYI TAW September 2
Heavy weapon rounds fired by MNDAA, TNLA and AA insurgents at inner Kutkai and local battalion headquarters from two different positions during the time between 9 am and 11 am on 31 August 2019 hit Mawhitsusi Village, killing five civilians including Daw Htwal Yar, daughter of U Zaw Ja, and injuring three civilians including U Gyon Dong, son of U Gwan Jone.
With regard to the incident mentioned above, those insurgents and the unofficial Websites posted fake news, stating that Tatmadaw attacked the village with the use of heavy weapons, killing and injuring villagers. The truth exposed through investigation revealed that the insurgents came to attack Kutkai town and local battalion headquarters with the use of heavy weapons from a place near the Kachin church in Manhtan Village, in the northeast of Kutkai and from Pansay Village in the southwest of Kutkai. Including this attack, the insurgents attacked Kutkai and its surrounding areas with the use of heavy weapons for five times during the period from 15 August to 2 September. Mawhitsusi Village is located 1,000 meters north of Kutkai. The arms and ammunition experts found that Mawhitsusi Village lies within the two firing lines –one from a place near the Pansay Village and the other froma place near the Kachin church in Manhtan village–of the insurgents.
Moreover, initially posted photos failed to show any markings or inscriptions on the propellers of the exploded bombs. But, later posted photos showed fake markings and inscriptions of the Tatmadaw to generate rumours and fake news as if the shells were produced by the Tatmadaw.
The thorough examinations of arms and ammunition experts proved that according to the discovered enemy firing lines and launching sites the heavy weapon shells that fell on Mawhitsusi Village were fired by the insurgents. Experts conduct detailed examinations.