near the milepost of 82/6, on the Moulmein-Ye highway, near Hnint-sout village, Ye Township. The incidents took place after midnight on September 15, with two people shot and wounded.
“After two gunshots, they stopped our bus. Not hearing the gunshots, the bus driver kept driving. Then one [of the unknown armed men] came out to the road and fired again. They wanted all passengers to face against the ground on the road. They said they do not want gold but money and demanded to give them all the money,” said one passenger.
Six passenger-buses and one truck were shot by unknown armed men and the buses were somewhat damaged by the gunshots. The vehicles include one bus from Shwe Pearl Thee Bus operation, a bus from Aunt Win’s bus operation, two buses from Aung Yatanar, a bus from Kaung Thit San, a bus from Lucky Star and a truck from Shwe Myitmoe.
The bus conductor of Shwe Pearl Thee was wounded on his right thigh, while the driver of the Lucky Star named Ko Min Min was wounded through his left ear, and about 600,000 Kyats from the driver and the passengers were taken by the unknown armed men.
“Seven vehicles were shot at. One driver and one [bus] conductor were shot. The driver was taken to hospital as an inpatient,” said a police officer from Lamine Town.
U Khin Aung, the owner of Lucky Star bus operation wants to conduct a lawsuit and has since reported to the police station in Lamine Town. The suit is based on crime article 394, and at the moment, government battalions based in the area are searching for the criminals.
Hnint-sout village is under the administration of the Lamine Sub-township and the Lamine Town’s police station. A Karen armed group, who surrendered and returned to the legalities of the government, is based in the area. In the past, at the incident site, there was a tollgate and every bus or truck passed by was required to pay the toll.