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The “charred remains” were discovered and identified close to Hpruso Township in the state, which is also known as Karenni, on December 25, according to the group.
Myanmar’s National Unity Government (NUG) called it a “Christmas massacre in Karenni state,” stating that junta troops “detained an unconfirmed number of [villagers] and travellers and destroyed their properties.”
“As the world celebrates Christmas and its message of peace, the NUG repeats its demands on the international community to act immediately and decisively to end the military junta’s escalating war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Myanmar people,” the NUG statement added.
The people were in seven vehicles and did not stop for the military, it said.
The military has not responded to CNN’s request for comment.
The international NGO Save the Children said two staff members who were travelling home for the holidays were caught in the incident and remain missing.
“The military reportedly forced people from their cars, arrested some, killed others and burned their bodies.”
Save the Children added that at least 38 people were killed in the attack, and the charity has suspended its operations in Kayah, Chin, and parts of Magway and Kayin in response.
“Save the Children condemns this attack as a breach of International humanitarian law,” chief executive Inger Ashing said in a statement
“We are horrified at the violence carried out against innocent civilians and our staff, who are dedicated humanitarians, supporting millions of children in need across Myanmar.
“”Investigations into the nature of the incident are continuing but attacks against aid workers cannot be tolerated.”
CNN had reached out for more information regarding the attack.
Junta forces have killed more than 1300 people and arrested over 11,000, according to advocacy group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.
The military has dismissed the AAPP’s data, which has been cited by the United Nations, and accuses it of bias.