Myanmar marks anniversary of killing of founding father

Myanmar marks anniversary of killing of founding father
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi prays at the tomb of her late father and Myanmar's independence hero Gen. Aung San during a ceremony to mark the 72nd anniversary of his 1947 assassination, at the Martyrs' Mausoleum Friday, July 19, 2019, in Yangon, Myanmar. The country's Independence hero Gen. Aung San and his cabinet were gunned down in 1947. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s civilian and military leaders have jointly commemorated the anniversary of the assassination of the country’s independence hero, who was gunned down 72 years ago along with members of his cabinet.

Aung San died just months before the country — then called Burma — achieved its freedom from British colonial rule.

Myanmar’s current leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi — the daughter of Aung San — laid a wreath Friday at the solemn Martyrs’ Day ceremony in a park in Yangon.

Also present were President Win Myint, and the powerful military chief, Gen. Min Aung Hlaing.

Myanmar emerged from decades of military dictatorship in the last few years, with an election in 2015 returning it to civilian-led rule.