State TV reports nine killed in Myanmar crackdown

YANGON Thu Sep 27, 2007 3:11pm BST

1 of 7. Military officials release smoke canisters after firing upon a crowd of thousands, which took to the streets of Yangon's city centre to protest, September 27, 2007.

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YANGON (Reuters) - Nine protesters were killed and 11 wounded on Thursday in a crackdown in Yangon on the biggest anti-junta demonstrations in nearly 20 years, Myanmar's state television said. The evening news broadcast said 31 security personnel had also been hurt in incidents in which it said protesters had tried to seize their weapons.