Legal advisor to NLD assassinated at Yangon airport

U Ko Ni FB 72A prominent legal advisor of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) was gunned down at Yangon International Airport yesterday upon his arrival back from Indonesia after the conclusion of a leadership programme in Jakarta. The gunman also killed a taxi driver who had tried to detain him before he was arrested by police and bystanders.
U Ko Ni was shot in the head at close range on Sunday at about 5pm as he was standing at the platform outside the airport after his return to Yangon from Indonesia, where he had attended the Senior Leadership Program in Jakarta and Maluku Province of Indonesia from 22 to 29 January.
Police and people nearby managed to arrest the gunman shortly after he killed U Ko Ni and U Nay Win, 42, the taxi driver. The taxi driver was shot in pubic and died on the way to hospital.
The police said the name of the gunman is Kyi Lin, 53, of Maha Aungmyay Township, Mandalay. The Police seized one 9mm pistol and nine bullets and one five-barrel gun with four bullets from him. He is under interrogation in an ongoing investigation.
Officials on social media expressed their sadness and outrage upon hearing of the
“A very dark day for Myanmar. Just hearing the incredibly tragic and upsetting news that U Ko Ni was just assassinated at Yangon airport,” tweeted U Thant Myint-U, an advisor to Myanmar’s president.
Pictures of a man said to be the suspect covered in blood wearing a pink shirt are being distributed widely on social media.—Myanmar News Agency

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