Media: 7-year-old girl shot dead in Myanmar

Media in Myanmar say a 7-year-old girl was fatally shot by security forces in the country's second-largest city of Mandalay on Tuesday, as the military steps up its crackdown on protesters against last month's coup.

Local media say security forces burst into a home and opened fire on the family inside.

The girl, who was sitting on her father's lap, was shot in the stomach. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

It's not known why security forces raided the home. Local media quoted a family member as saying the security forces entered suddenly and demanded to know who was in the house.

When the family replied that they were the only occupants, the security forces accused them of lying and opened fire.

A local human rights group says 23 children have been killed since last month's military coup, including two boys aged 15 and 16 who were shot dead by security forces in Mandalay on Sunday and Monday.

People across Myanmar stayed home and suspended businesses on Wednesday in protest against the military, their anger fueled by the growing number of young victims.