At least seven people were killed after forces in Myanmar open fired on anti-coup protesters, according to local media on Thursday.
The violence comes amid military allegations of illegal payments accepted by civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Six people were killed in the central town of Myaing on Thursday when security forces fired on a protest, one man who took part in the demonstration and helped carry bodies to hospital, Reuters reported.
One person was killed in the North Dagon district of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, domestic media said. Photographs posted on Facebook showed a man lying prone on the street, bleeding from a head wound.
Myanmar was plunged into turmoil after the army detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and officials from her National League for Democracy party on February 1 and seized control of the country. The army has justified the coup by saying that the election, won by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, was marred by fraud. The coup has triggered mass protests, daily strikes and indiscriminate police fire against anti-coup protesters.
The military violence comes even as 15-member UN Security Council on Wednesday called on the military to “exercise utmost restraint” in its response to peaceful demonstrators and rights group Amnesty International accused the military of adopting battlefield tactics against peaceful demonstrators.