Eleven people, including eight children, have been killed in Chin State, Myanmar after a military jet bombed a school.

Locals say the strike on the remote village of Vuilu in the mountainous region happened on Wednesday.

Myanmar is currently in the grip of a civil war with numerous armed groups fighting the military junta which deposed an elected government in 2021.

Chin State is a stronghold of resistance against the junta.

This week, its grassroots insurgency saw ethnic Chin fighters recapture the town of Rikhawdar, on the border with India.

According to accounts posted on social media by residents of Vuilu, a hilltop community of fewer than 80 households in the south of the state, military aircraft dropped at least two bombs on them on Wednesday evening.

One destroyed a house which was being used as an improvised school, killing the eight children and three adults who were studying there.

The victims included 34-year-old teacher, Ha Luang and his mother, as well as his two children.

The children killed were aged between seven and 11 years old while the bombs also damaged several other houses and the village’s two churches.

Earlier in the week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his deep concern over the escalating conflict in the country – where two million people have now been displaced by fighting.

BBC/Maxwell Oyekunle

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