A 20-year-old woman was shot in the head during an anti-coup protest in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
Live bullets fired at protesters
According to The Irrawaddy, the police used both live and rubber bullets against unarmed protesters, injuring at least six people, with two in critical condition.
A volunteer medic said that besides the girl who was shot in the head, another man was shot in the chest.
Video clips that show the woman getting shot and falling to the ground were circulated on social media among Myanmar citizens.
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A video shows that a woman (with red shirt) was shot (9-11 sec) while she's trying to hide from the water cannon in Naypyitaw. Local news says she's now in 'critical condition'. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/xyKVKLnAoH— Mratt Kyaw Thu (@mrattkthu) February 9, 2021
The police in Naypyidaw had opened fire on protesters after blasting them with water cannons to disperse them.Some protesters were reportedly injured from the water cannons.
20-year-old girl shot in the head in emergency unit, fatally wounded
An AFP reporter on the ground confirmed that shots had been fired by the police, citing a witness.
A resident told AFP that the police fired warning shots to the sky twice, before firing at protesters with rubber bullets.
The resident also saw some people who were injured.
Reuters reporter Matthew Tostevin cited a doctor who said that the young woman who was shot in the head is in the emergency unit.
The doctor confirmed that she was shot with a live bullet, and added that the injury was fatal.
Of the woman who was critically wounded in Naypyidaw, a doctor said "She's in the emergency unit, but it's 100% certain the injury is fatal... According to the X-ray, it's a live bullet." #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar— Matthew Tostevin (@TostevinM) February 9, 2021
Tostevin also reported that the woman "was not expected to survive after being shot".
Top image via @Save Myanmar/Twitter