At least six children have been killed in an airstrike on a school in Myanmar

According to media reports, at least six children were killed and 17 injured yesterday when army helicopters fired on a school in Myanmar.

Yanmar has been hit by violence since the army toppled an elected government early last year.

In the meantime, opposition movements, some of them armed, have sprung up across the country, which the military is countering with deadly force.

According to reports from the news portals Mizzima and Irrawaddy, army helicopters opened fire on the school housed in a Buddhist monastery in the village of Let Yet Kone in the central Sagaing region on Friday.

Some children were killed instantly by the gunfire, while others died after troops entered the village, the reports said.

Two residents, who declined to be identified for security reasons, said by phone the bodies were later transported by the military to a community 7 miles away and buried there.

Images posted to social media appeared to show damage, including bullet holes and bloodstains, at a school building.

In a statement, the military said the Kachin Independence Army, a rebel group, and the People’s Defense Force (PDF), an umbrella organization of armed guerrillas the junta calls “terrorists,” were hiding in the monastery and using the village to hold weapons in the transport area.

Security forces sent by helicopter carried out “a surprise inspection” and were attacked by PDF and the KIA in houses and the monastery, it said.

It said the security forces responded, saying some villagers were killed in the clash and the wounded were taken to public hospitals.

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