Military helicopters open fire on school, killing seven children and injuring around 30 in Myanmar

At least 13 people, including seven children, were killed and dozens injured in Myanmar after military-run government helicopters fired machine guns at a school for almost an

hour, media reports said. The incident appears to be one of the deadliest attacks undertaken by the junta since it seized power in a coup, ousting the elected government of

Aung San Suu Kyi last year. A school administrator and aid workers claimed on Monday that the attack occured on Friday when army choppers hovering over a village rained

bullets in the compound of a Buddhist monastery. The junta has said the attack was launched against suspected rebels. At least 30 children suffered injuries on their

backs, thighs, faces and other parts of their bodies. Some lost their limbs, said school administrator Mar Mar. The attack took place in Let Yet Kone village in Tabayin,

some 70 miles away from the country’s second-largest Mandalay city. The school administrator, who used a different name to protect her identity, told the Associated Press

that by the time she was able to understand the situation and take students to safety a seven-year-old and a teacher were shot. She got pupils to safe hiding places in

ground-floor classrooms when two of four Mi-35 helicopters began firing with machine guns and heavier weapons at the school. “Since the students had done nothing wrong, I

never thought that they would be brutally shot by machine guns,” she said. “They kept shooting into the compound from the air for an hour. They didn’t stop even for one

minute. All we could do at that time was chant Buddhist mantras,” she added.