Myanmar Military Bombs and Torches Resistance Camp in Sagaing Region

By The Irrawaddy 29 July 2022

A People’s Defense Force (PDF) camp in Myinmu Township, Sagaing Region was seized and burned down on Wednesday after the Myanmar military launched airstrikes and raided the camp.

On Wednesday morning, regime forces airlifted by three helicopters raided the PDF base camp in Myinmu Township, while two Russian-made Mi-35 helicopter gunships attacked the camp, according to the Civil Defense and Security Organization of Myaung (CDSOM). At the same time, more junta troops on foot attempted to block the area.

The junta raid came after a pro-regime social media channel on Telegram reported the location of the PDF camp.

Many CDSOM resistance fighters were at the camp during the raid, but all managed to escape from the area without any casualties, Ko Nway Oo, a CDSOM representative, told The Irrawaddy on Friday.

The helicopter gunships also attacked nearby villages during the raid. One resident was reportedly injured in an airstrike. Several hundred people were forced to flee their homes because of the raid.

Following the raid, junta soldiers also torched houses in three nearby villages, the CDSOM representative said.

Myinmu Township is a stronghold of armed resistance against the military regime and is also a base for many PDFs from nearby townships.

The combined PDFs are conducting daily raids, ambushes and aerial attacks with drones targeting regime forces in Myinmu Township.

On Thursday, Zero Guerrilla Force, a resistance group from Myingyan Township, Mandalay Region, used a drone to bomb regime troops checking vehicles and their passengers outside a police station in Myinmu Township.

Zero Guerrilla Force claimed their attack killed three regime soldiers. However, The Irrawaddy was unable to confirm the military casualties independently.

Junta forces are currently facing daily attacks from PDFs and ethnic armed organizations across the country.