Dozens of Junta Soldiers Killed in Sagaing, Kayah, Myanmar Resistance Groups Say

By The Irrawaddy 11 February 2022

Al least 38 junta soldiers and five resistance fighters were killed when People’s Defense Forces (PDFs) and ethnic armies attacked regime forces in Sagaing Region and Kayah State on Thursday and Friday.

Early Thursday morning, an intense clash broke out at Kyantha Village in the south of Kale Township, Sagaing Region when a combined force of five resistance forces including two ethnic Chin forces attacked regime troops and Pyu-Saw-Htee militias deployed at the village.

During the three-hour clash, the combined force estimated that at least 15 regime personnel including militia and junta informants were killed.

Also, an 18-year-old ethnic Chin resistance fighter from Chinland Defense Force-Hakha was killed while two other PDF fighters were injured by the junta’s explosives.

The combined forces retreated from the fighting as junta reinforcements arrived in three vehicles to help the regime troops, according to Kalay-PDF.

The resistance forces also urged people to avoid the Kale-Gangaw highway until the national Union Day on Saturday due to potential clashes.

Another combined resistance group also claimed to have killed 14 junta police during two ambushes in Yinmabin Township, Sagaing Region on Friday.

Using 13 mines, the combined force of three resistance groups ambushed a junta detachment near Aung Zayya Hill, where junta forces are stationed, and junta police officers at the gate of Police Battalion 28 in the township, said Ami Myay-Special Task Force, which was involved in the ambushes.

In the ambushes, 14 regime troops were killed and many others injured, the combined group claimed.

Kyar Thit Net, a resistance force in Sagaing Region’s Pale Township, said it ambushed a military detachment of 80 regime forces on foot in the township on Thursday.

During 45 minutes of fighting, four junta troops were killed and many injured while four resistance fighters were also killed, according to the resistance group.

The charred body of a civilian who was burned by regime forces in Loikaw, Kayah State on Thursday. / KNDF

On Friday, Yaw-Defense Force (YDF) also ambushed a military convoy with remote-controlled mines while the convoy was traveling on the Kyaukhtu-Saw highway in Kyaukhtu sub-township in Magwe Region.

A video showed one of the military vehicles being targeted in an explosion. However, military casualties are unknown.

Also, at least five regime soldiers were killed when Karenni resistance groups continued to attack military targets in two Kayah State townships, Demoso and Loikaw, on Thursday.

Early Thursday morning, two regime forces were killed in Loikaw when the Karenni Nationalities Defense Force (KNDF) and the Karenni Army, the armed wing of the Karenni National Progressive Party, ambushed junta troops in two villages, according to the KNDF.

Clashes between regime forces and the combined resistance force continued to occur near another village in the township. But casualties are unknown, said the KNDF.

It also claimed that regime forces killed two civilians in Parkyal Village in the township.

Submitting photos of the slain civilians, the KNDF said the two were burned after being placed in military uniforms.

Demoso-PDF also said that a clash occurred in Aung Chanthar Village in Demoso Township when its forces attacked regime forces deployed in the village.

During an hour-long clash, three soldiers were killed by snipers of the Demoso-PDF. After the clash, the regime forces torched four houses in the village, the resistance group said.

Currently, the military regime is facing intense daily attacks from PDFs and many ethnic armed groups across the country.

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