Burma

More Than 40 Junta Troops Killed Across Myanmar

By The Irrawaddy 16 August 2021

More than 40 junta soldiers were reportedly killed and many others wounded by civilian resistance fighters in Sagaing Region and Chin and Shan states during the weekend.

On Sunday morning, about 150 junta soldiers on the Mindat-Matupi highway used explosives on a Mindat Chinland Defense Force (CDF) camp about 25km west of the Chin State mountaintop town of Mindat.

A fierce shootout followed between the military and resistance fighters, a Mindat People’s Administration statement said.

Resistance fighters abandoned their camp amid junta artillery attacks.

An estimated 20 junta soldiers were killed and several wounded with no resistance causalities, the statement said.

Junta soldiers burned civilian homes along the highway.

Another military unit raided villages, including those sheltering displaced civilians from Mindat town, in the north of the township, according to residents and the people’s administration.

Ko Lawrence of the Mindat Township displacement camp management committee told The Irrawaddy on Monday that more than 1,000 people from at least 20 villages fled into forests due to junta raids and firefights.

Resistance attacks on the junta started in Mindat in mid-April.

Clash in Shan State

At least 10 junta soldiers were reportedly killed by civilian resistance fighters from the Southern Shan State Generation (SSSG) during a raid on a regime camp in Nansang Township on Sunday morning.

A civilian fighter was injured in a firefight with military reinforcements, according to the SSSG.

The Irrawaddy was unable to independently confirm the details.

Landmine triggered in Sagaing Region

On Monday morning, numerous junta troops were reportedly killed by landmines planted by the Taze People’s Comrades in Taze Township, Sagaing Region.

Two civilian vehicles carrying troops triggered landmines near Doukgyi village, the group said on Facebook.

It claimed the military suffered many deaths.   

Firefight in Shan State

At least 11 junta troops were killed in Shan State during a fierce firefight with resistance fighters from across Kayah State and a Shan State township on Saturday.

The People Defense Force (PDF) in Pekon said in a statement that resistance fighters along with counterparts from Demoso and Moe Bye townships and forces from the Karenni Nationalities Force (KNDF) and Karenni Army, the armed wing of the Karenni National Progressive Party, attacked the junta and the Pa-O National Organization (PNO) ahead of an attempted raid on the PDF in Pekon.

During 11 hours of fighting, five junta soldiers and at least six PNO troops were killed while two civilian fighters were injured, the KNDF said in a statement.

The military regime is attacking Karenni forces in Loikaw, Demoso, Hpruso, Bawlakhe and Hpasawng townships.


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