7 NOVEMBER

ELEVEN MALAYAN DETAINEES SHOT DEAD ‘WHILE TRYING TO ESCAPE’

Suspect rebels after a ’round up’ –
© IWM (SE 6126)

[ 7 November 1948 ]

On 7 November 1948, during a counter insurgency ‘sweep’ of the ‘communist infested’ Muar Lenga district of Johor in southern Malaya, British troops shot dead eleven insurgents. They claimed they had been trying to escape.  Another nine men were shot dead, allegedly for the same reason, over the next three days.1

FOOTNOTE

  1. John Newsinger, British Counterinsurgency, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2015, pp. 49-50, ‘Seaforths hold 40 Communists,’ The Torbay Express, 8 November 1948, p. 1 and ‘Seaforths in Big Scale Attack on Malaya Reds,’  The Shields Daily News, 8 November 1948, p. 1.

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