Executive of Myanmar telecom firm fatally shot

08 November 2021

Yangon, where Thein Aung lived

Yangon, where Thein Aung lived

A senior executive of Myanmar’s military-linked telecommunications company was fatally shot near his home in Yangon, in an assassination linked to the country's violent political unrest.

Thein Aung, chief finance officer of Mytel Telecommunications was shot by three men on bicycles while walking with his wife near their home in Mayangone township, ward administrator Ye Win Aung said. His wife, Theint Aung Thu, was wounded and taken to a hospital. The assassination took place on the morning of November 4.

The military’s information office confirmed the attack on the 56-year-old executive but said no one had claimed responsibility.

Mytel, Myanmar’s fourth-largest telecoms operator, is a joint venture between the Myanmar military and Vietnam’s Defense Ministry and was launched in 2018.

The shooting was apparently carried out by militant opponents of Myanmar’s military-installed government, which took power in February this year when the army ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.