4 killed in Myanmar protest against military rule

Myanmar's military continued severe crackdowns on anti-coup protests on Saturday. A local human rights group says four people were killed when security forces opened fire on protesters in the central town of Monywa and elsewhere.

The group says that as of Saturday, the death toll had risen to 557 since the February 1 coup.

Employees of foreign companies who were not participating in protests have become involved in the military crackdowns.

On Wednesday, a woman Myanmarese employee of a South Korean bank was killed when security forces shot at the bank's vehicle she was in.

Local media outlet Myanmar Now says five citizens were taken into custody by "plainclothes officers" after they were interviewed by or had contact with a CNN crew at a market in the country's largest city, Yangon. The detentions took place shortly after the US journalists left the market.

The military has detained reporters covering demonstrations and people who have spoken to journalists in an apparent effort to silence public opinion.