Dozens of Regime Troops Killed in Resistance Attacks in Sagaing, Kayah

By The Irrawaddy 8 February 2022

Twenty-six junta soldiers and a resistance fighter were killed during clashes with the People’s Defense Force (PDF) in Sagaing Region and Kayah State on Monday. 

Kalay-PDF claimed to have killed at total of 17 soldiers when it conducted a series of ambushes against a military convoy in Kale Township, Sagaing Region on Monday. 

At 10 a.m. on Monday morning, a combined force of five resistance groups including ethnic Chin defense forces used mines to ambush an eight-vehicle military convoy as it was traveling to the town of Kale from the south of the township. 

After the mines exploded, an intense shootout erupted between the regime forces and the resistance groups, Kalay-PDF said. 

In the clash, nine junta soldiers and a resistance fighter from the Chin National Defense Force (CNDF) were killed and five other PDF members were injured by the regime’s heavy explosives. 

Resistance fighters of the Ranger Kalay Defense Force during an operation in Kale Township, Sagaing Region. / RKDF

Kalay-PDF said it later used mines to ambush the military convoy another three times in two different locations as it was heading to Kale. 

In those mine ambushes, eight more junta soldiers were killed and regime forces abandoned a vehicle that was destroyed by the mines. 

On Sunday evening, around 20 soldiers were reportedly killed and many injured when the Kalay-PDF ambushed a detachment of 60 regime troops with mines while they were traveling to Kale from a village. 

On Monday morning, nine more junta troops were killed during two firefights with a combined force of fighters from the Karenni Nationalities Defense Force (KNDF) and the Karen Army—the armed wing of the Karenni National Progressive Party—in Loikaw Township, Kayah State. 

During the clashes, some Karenni resistance fighters also suffered minor injuries, the KNDF said. 

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

Meanwhile, the junta continues its atrocities—including arrests, torture, burning people alive, massacres, arbitrary killings, using civilian detainees as human shields, shelling residential areas, and looting and burning houses—especially in Magwe and Sagaing regions and Chin, Kachin, Shan, Kayah and Karen states. 

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