At least nine people, including a Japanese national, were killed and 11 wounded Thursday as soldiers in Myanmar opened fire on thousands of anti-government protesters who defied a government crackdown, the government said.
Ye Htut, a government spokesman, said riot police clashed with anti-government protesters in the country's largest city Yangon, killing nine and wounding 11 people. Thirty-one government troops were also wounded, he said.
A Japanese journalist covering the protests in Yangon for Japanese video news agency APF News was among those killed, a Japanese Embassy official in Myanmar told The Associated Press by telephone.
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