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Myanmar’s junta chief created a special command a day after last year’s coup that was solely responsible for deployment and operations of troops in urban areas, and authorized lethal attacks on unarmed civilians, human rights investigators said.

The group Fortify Rights and Yale Law School’s Schell Center said after a joint investigation the junta leadership deployed snipers to kill protesters to instill fear, while soldiers were instructed to commit crimes and given a “fieldcraft” manual that contained no guidance on rules of war.

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