On February 11th 2013 at 8:00 am there was a landmine explosion beside the Yone S'Lin River, between K--- village and T--- village in K'Ter Tee village tract, Dwe Lo Township, Papun District. Five villagers were hit by the landmine explosion while transporting sand in a car, having been hired to do this by the Green Hill Company manager Ko Myo. Specifically, the villagers were paid by the company to carry sand from a sand bank in H--- village to a Green Hill Company building using villager U M---'s car.
Initially, the company is reported to have claimed that the sand would be used for the building of a school, but later it became clear that the sand was being used for company business, with no benefit to the school. Saw L---, a sand bank owner living in T--- village reported: "Before asking the villagers to carry the sand for them, they [Green Hill company] went to talk with the vice village tract leader and the vice village tract leader told them to stop but they didn't, so I think that was how the problems started." Likewise, T--- village administrator, Saw P---, said, "Before the landmine explosion, Ko Myo, who was a former K'Ter Tee village administrator, went to talk to the KNU [KNLA] who is controlling the area about the carrying of the sand. The KNU leader told Ko Myo to stop it on the day before the explosion [happened], however, Ko Myo didn't [do anything to] stop it."
Of the five casualties, including the driver, G---, "Three of them were under 18. One was 13 years old while the other two were 14 and 18 respectively," reported K--- villager, Maung S---. The villager also reported to the community member that three of the victims died immediately in the explosion while one injured villager died on the way to hospital; the fifth victim died in the hospital. Until now, it has not been determined who planted the landmine or the reason why it was planted. A special security unit linked to the government military, the Sa Ah Pa, based in K'Ma Maung village, stated that it was the KNLA that planted the landmine, though villagers interviewed remain unsure about who planted it.
None of armed groups are taking measures to provide assistance to the families after the deaths. The Green Hill Company provided 300,000 kyat (US $341) in compensation to the family of each villager who died. The manager of the company, Ko Myo, is also reported to have personally paid 200,000 kyat (US $227) in compensation to the family of each victim.