On February 27th 2015, a home guard was shot dead on Kee Kaw Loo Hill in Hkay Poo village tract, Lu Thaw Township, Hpapun District. The individual was part of a home guard group that had been locally organised to protect civilians in the area. He, along with five other home guards, was attacked by Tatmadaw soldiers from Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) #584 of Military Operation Command (MOC) #20 when on route to check on Tatmadaw vehicles that were transporting rations through KNU controlled area to Tatmadaw frontline camps.
At around 10:15 am the six home guards were shot at by Tatmadaw soldiers who were providing security for the convoy. According to a KHRG researcher, the home guards did not think that they would be attacked by the Tatmadaw because the convoy was passing through KNU controlled area. It is well known that, according to representatives from the Tatmadaw and Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), both have agreed that the Tatmadaw are not allowed to go more than 50 yards from the vehicle road. In exchange, the KNLA’s soldiers would allow them to travel through this area without any harassment. However, the place where the home guards were attacked was 200 yards from the vehicle road.
One home guard, Saw K---, died in the attack. He was 25 years old and lived in H--- village, Hkay Poo village tract, Lu Taw Township, Hpapun District. His wife, Naw P---, is now a widow with four children. Saw D---, another home guard involved in the attack, was injured during the shooting. He is 24 years old and lives in E--- village, Hkay Poo village tract, Lu Thaw Township, Hpapun District. The bullet hit his chest and passed through his left arm.
According to a KHRG community member, the Tatmadaw had told the local KNLA commanders that they would transport only food, while in reality they were also transporting ammunitions. The convoy of 12 vehicles had set out from Nay Pyi Taw on February 26th for their frontline camps in Lu Thaw Township, Hpapun District. Ten trucks carried food and ammunitions, one truck carried fuel, and one bulldozer accompanied the convoy to repair the road along the way.