Myanmar Junta Reports Increasing Attacks by Resistance

By The Irrawaddy 8 September 2021

Attacks on junta personnel have increased in Yangon and Mandalay after the parallel National Unity Government (NUG) declared war against the military regime, said the military’s spokesman.

Before the NUG declared war on Tuesday, there were only around three attacks per day in each city, but on Tuesday Yangon and Mandalay reported at least five, said regime spokesman Major General Zaw Min Tun.

“In Yangon, there was not a single incident the whole day sometimes. But yesterday, there were five incidents. There were more than five incidents in Mandalay. Attacks have increased,” he said.

At least 15 attacks targeting junta soldiers and police were recorded per day nationwide in March and April following the military’s February coup. And attacks started to decline in August, he said.

Attacks were reported in Dala, Mayangone, Thingangyun and North Okkalapa townships in Yangon on Tuesday and explosives were used in most attacks.

“In Thingangyun, [attackers] threw a bomb at the township electricity office, injuring a member of staff. [Attackers] threw a bomb on Garuna Street in North Okkalapa and attempted to run away. [Soldiers] chased them and two suspects were detained,” said Maj-Gen Zaw Min Tun.

Two motorcycle riders threw a bomb at the administration office in Shwe Kyar Pin ward, Zabuthiri Township in Naypyitaw on Tuesday evening. The bomb did not explode and was deactivated. The attack was the first after the NUG declared war on the junta. The capital, the military’s main stronghold, has seen almost no attacks since the coup.

Seven clashes took place on Tuesday in Tanintharyi, Sagaing and Magwe regions and Shan, Kayah and Chin states, according to the NUG’s defense ministry. Nine explosions were reported in Yangon, Bago, Mandalay, Magwe and Sagaing regions, it said.

You may also like these stories:

Myanmar Military Telecom Towers Attacked by Resistance Fighters

Myanmar Resistance Responds to NUG’s Declaration of War on Junta

Pakistan Defense Delegation Made Unannounced Visit to Myanmar Capital