Many children were killed in an army helicopter attack on a village school

Many children were killed in an army helicopter attack

At least 11 children have been killed and 15 others are missing after Myanmar’s military helicopter gunships attacked a school in the northern Sagaing region, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said.

The military government said they were attacking insurgents hiding in the school.

Photos posted on social media show bullet holes and blood stains at the school.

The BBC correspondent reports that the attack, which was conducted by a Buddhist monastery in the northern village of Let Yet Koon, took place last Friday, but the incident was reported for the first time on Tuesday.

This school taught children from kindergarten to adolescence.

According to the correspondent, the area where the attack took place has been witnessing massive armed resistance against the army since last year’s coup.

The BBC’s Burmese service previously confirmed that at least six children were killed in the attack. Among them, two boys are seven and 14 years old, and three girls are seven, nine and 11 years old. Another 13-year-old boy who was fishing nearby was also shot.

Most of the children’s bodies were taken away by Burmese soldiers.

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