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 travelers 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 military has not responded to CNN’s request for comment.
The international NGO Save the Children said two staff members who were traveling home for the holidays were caught in the incident and remain missing.
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. 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,” said Inger Ashing, Chief Executive of Save the Children in a statement. “Investigations into the nature of the incident are continuing but attacks against aid workers cannot be tolerated.”
CNN is reaching out for more information regarding the attack.
Junta forces have killed more than 1,300 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.
Additional reporting by Reuters.
More than 30 reported killed, Save the Children staff missing, in Myanmar attack