Myanmar Military Regime Troops Killed in Confrontation With Civilians

By The Irrawaddy 19 April 2021

Six members of the Myanmar military regime’s security forces died and 13 others were injured on Sunday when people from Mandalay Region’s Myingyan Township defended themselves against attacks by the junta’s forces, according to local residents.

“They fired wildly. Large numbers of troops came along with a bulldozer to our barricades in No.6 ward around 7 pm on Sunday. We have built several lines of barricades with sandbags,’ said a local resident.

“The security forces removed the barricades along the main road. After they fired shots for quite a while, young people made guerilla attacks. Sixteen of the regime forces were hit. Four troops died immediately and 12 were injured,” said local resident.

That confrontation followed an earlier incident in Myingyan at noon on Sunday, when three civilians were injured after junta security forces opened fire on anti-regime protesters. One man was in a critical condition after being shot in the head while he was closing the shop where he worked.

Two members of the security forces died and one was injured during the attack, said local residents.

Regime reinforcements from Nyaung-U, Meiktila and Mandalay then came to Myingyan on Sunday afternoon and attacked the barricades in No.6 ward using machine guns.

No civilians were injured in the Sunday night shootout but six local residents were arrested.

On Monday, a resident told the Irrawaddy that the junta’s forces continued shooting in No. 6 Ward from around 7 am on Monday and that no one dared to go outside until the afternoon.

A KBZ bank branch in Myingyan was also attacked with a bomb on Sunday afternoon. The entrance of the bank was damaged, but no casualties were reported.

A total of 25 anti-regime protesters in Myingyan have been shot dead by junta forces in the period from March 3 to April 17.

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