Junta-Appointed Chief Minister Attacked For Sixth Time in Upper Myanmar

By The Irrawaddy 22 February 2022

A motorcade carrying the junta-appointed Sagaing Region Chief Minister, U Myat Kyaw, was attacked with remote-detonated mines by resistance groups on Sunday, resulting in casualties, according to local residents.

The North Yamar People’s Defense Force (PDF) reportedly ambushed the chief minister’s motorcade in a rural area of Yinmabin Township, where anti-regime resistance groups are especially active.

Sunday’s attack was the sixth of its kind targeting the Sagaing Chief Minister’s motorcade. Military regime troops searched nearby villages following the ambush.

Local residents confirmed the attack.

“It is true that Chief Minister U Myat Kyaw’s motorcade was attacked when he was travelling from Monywa to attend the opening ceremony of an oxygen plant in Yinmabin. The attack happened near Poe Win Hill [10 kilometers southeast of Yinmabin]. There might have been casualties. We saw vehicles carrying injured people,” said a Yinmabin resident.U Myat Kyaw was travelling to attend the opening of an oxygen plant at Yinmabin People’s Hospital, as well as to offer robes to Buddhist monks at a local monastery, according to Yinmabin PDFs.However, the Chief Minister escaped the attack. He reportedly returned to Monywa by military helicopter.

Resistance groups in Sagaing Region including Triple Two Guerrilla, Chindwin Galone Yarzar Guerrilla Defense Force, Alpha Special Force, Yinmabin PDF and Monywa Truth of Force also attacked a six-vehicle junta convoy with mines on Sunday at noon in Yinmabin. One of the vehicles plunged off the road and went up in flames in the attack.


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