Woman shot in the head during Myanmar protest dies, the first known fatality of the ongoing unrest
This is the first known incident of pro-democracy protest, which continues for two weeks after the army came to power on 1 February.
In the video of the incident aired online, a young woman suddenly fell to the ground while covering with a water cannon while protesting.
Rights group Amnesty International analyzed last week’s images and footage and said they showed a police officer a locally made version of the Uzi sub-machine gun. Amnesty said the images were taken from a location near the Thyabigon roundabout from where a young woman was shot.
Amnesty said it has verified the coordinates of the image, which shows an official “Myanmar-produced BA-94 or BA-93 Uzi clone”. CNN is not able to independently verify the image.
In a news release, the head of Amnesty’s crisis proof lab Sam Duberley said: “The serious injuries to this young woman were caused by the Myanmar police firing ammunition directly towards peaceful protesters.”
The Myanmar army posted on its Facebook page on 10 February that it had only used anti-riot weapons in protests near the Thyabigon roundabout and was investigating reports that two protesters had been injured.