Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hunt ramps up in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw for police officers’ attackers

The country’s largest police forces have been mobilised to catch a gang accused of stabbing three officers in Nay Pyi Taw in the early hours of December 15. Police in the capital are combing several townships, while Yangon police have also been alerted, after reports the suspects might have fled there.

The three police lieutenants were being treated in Nay Pyi Taw hospital after being slashed with knives at the Cherry May KTV in Pyinmana township. According to a spokesperson for Pyinmana police, the chief suspect in the attack, which followed an earlier violent altercation, is Ko Yan Naung Soe, who was known to the three officers. Leaving the scene after the altercation, he returned with a group of associates armed with knives and a baton. The suspect and his accomplices are from Yangon, say police.

Local sources say the gang are known to run gaming machines known as ngaman set, or “shark machines”. Residents believe the attack may have been related to this illicit business. Police declined to comment about a gambling connection.

Translation by Thiri Min Htun