A seven-year-old girl has been shot dead by security forces in Myanmar, becoming the youngest known victim within the crackdown following last month’s military coup, residents say.
Family members said the girl was killed at her range in the town of Mandalay.
Myanmar has been gripped by protests since the military seized control on 1 February.
Rights group Save the youngsters say quite 20 children are among dozens of individuals who are killed.
In total, the military says 164 people are killed in protests, while the help Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) activist group puts the price at a minimum of 261.
The military earlier on Tuesday expressed sadness at the death of protesters but blamed them for bringing anarchy to the country. An army spokesman said anti-coup demonstrators were responsible for acts of violence and arson.
Staff at a Mandalay funeral service told the press agency that the seven-year-old died of bullet wounds in Chan Mya Thazi township.
Local media outlet Myanmar Now reported that soldiers shot at her father, but hit the girl as she was sitting on his lap inside their home.
The child has been identified as Khin Myo Chit. Aid workers said a rescue team rushed to urge her medical treatment, but couldn’t save her life.
Family members say her 19-year-old brother was also arrested.
The military has not commented on the reports.
In a statement, Save the youngsters said it had been “horrified” by the girl’s death, which came each day after a 14-year-old boy was reportedly shot dead in Mandalay.
“The death of these children is especially concerning as long as they reportedly were killed while being reception where they need to are safe from harm. The fact that numerous children are being killed on an almost day to day now shows an entire disregard for human life by security forces,” the group said.