SAGAING, Myanmar -On Wednesday evening, two of the five locals abducted by junta forces in the southern Sagaing Region's Yinmabin and Salingyi townships were found murdered. The men who died were employees of a Chinese company leading a major copper mining project in the area.
The residents had been displaced by military assaults on nearby villages and were taking refuge near the town of Done Taw when they were apprehended on Wednesday afternoon. Three of the men were soon released, but the bodies of Kyaw Nyein, 38, and Chit Thein Zaw, 34, were found later that evening.
Both men were employees of Yangtse Copper Co. Ltd.'s Myanmar branch. According to locals, Kyaw Nyein worked in the processing department, and Chit Thein Zaw was a drill operator.