11 Myanmar Junta Soldiers Killed in Weekend Clashes

By The Irrawaddy 6 September 2021

At least 11 Myanmar military soldiers were reportedly killed over the past three days in firefights and ambushes with civilian resistance fighters in Mandalay, Sagaing regions and Chin State.

On Sunday afternoon, a military vehicle triggered a landmine near Taungthaman Lake in Amarapura Township, Mandalay Region. A video shows the vehicle being targeted by an explosion.

Two regime soldiers were reportedly killed in the attack, according to locals. Junta forces subsequently inspected all vehicles entering Mandalay, a resident told The Irrawaddy.

In Hakha, capital of Chin State, a clash occurred on late Saturday night between junta soldiers and an unknown armed group at the State Administration Office. Videos reveal gunfire being exchanged between the two groups. At least one Myanmar military soldier was killed, according to local media.

Around eight junta troops were killed in fierce firefights with the People’s Defense Force – Kalay (PDF-K), in Kale Township, Sagaing Region on Friday and Saturday, according to PDF-K.

PDF-K fighters ambushed regime forces who were raiding villages in the south of Kale Township and calling in artillery strikes on them. At least eight junta soldiers died in the clash and three civilian fighters were injured, said PDF-K.

Armed resistance to the military regime began in late March, after the junta’s lethal crackdowns on peaceful anti-coup protesters, with regime forces facing attacks by PDF’s or ethnic armed organizations in every part of the country, apart from Rakhine State.

As of Saturday, the regime has killed 1,046 people during their arrests, crackdowns, interrogations, raids and random shootings, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. Another 7,876 people, including elected government leaders, have been detained by the junta or face arrest warrants.

Yangon Blast

Two civilians were killed in an explosion in the car park of a condominium in Yangon’s Mayangone Township on Sunday evening. One of the people killed was a condominium security guard. No one has claimed responsibility for the blast as yet.

Junta Says Five Attackers who Killed Police Arrested

Five out of 16 people reported to have killed five police on Yangon’s circular railway in August have been arrested, according to a statement released Sunday by the military regime. The arrests were made on Friday in Yangon’s Tamwe and Thingangyun townships. Four firearms taken from the dead police were also seized.

Six policemen working as onboard security officers on a circular railway train travelling from Yangon’s Central Station to Kyimyindaing in the city’s west were shot at close range on August 14. Five of the policemen were killed in the attack, and one injured.

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