Source: THe Buddhist Channel/AlJazeera English News
Up to seven people including three monks are reported to have been killed in a violent crackdown on anti-government protests in Myanmar.
Riot police used tear gas and batons to disperse tens of thousands of protesters on Wednesday, bringing swift international condemnation.
A witness in Myanmar's former capital Yangon said she had seen some monks being beaten as the authorities tried to stop protesters from gathering.
A Myanmar official told AFP news agency: "According to the information that we received, at least three monks were killed."
One monk was killed when a gun went off as he tried to wrestle the weapon away from a soldier, while two others were beaten to death, the official said.
His account was confirmed by a second official, who said the toll was based on official reports of incidents that took place around the Shwedagon Pagoda.