The state government has offered financial assistance of 500,000 kyat (US$375) to both families of those killed.
A bomb explosion on Wednesday in the Shan State city of Lashio killed two bank workers and injured 11 people, the government said. Police said they were investigating but had no word on possible suspects.
Ethnic rebels refute allegations, and say the Burmese military is “spreading lies”. KIA spokesman says the campaign is a veiled threat against the local population.
Locals say Mangpang Militia has threatened to murder residents and forced them to consent to a gold mining operation.
One of the youths was identified as the son of a local militia official, but police say the firearm seized did not belong to his father.
The Burmese military dismissed independent and social media reports claiming the deceased were local villagers who had been abducted by the Burmese army.