Myanmar Military Truck With Soldiers on Board Blown Up in Yangon

By The Irrawaddy 18 June 2021

An army truck with regime soldiers on board was blown up in Yangon’s Tamwe Township on Friday afternoon in the most serious attack to date on a junta target in the city.

Witnesses said they saw soldiers on board the truck, which was parked outside an office of the military proxy Union Solidarity and Development Party, before the explosion. The blast occurred within walking distance of the township’s police station.

The blast at around 3:25 p.m. rocked the whole neighborhood. Local people saw a plume of black smoke snaking up toward the sky while the vehicle was completely engulfed in flames.

Gunfire-like sounds could be heard for a few minutes, apparently from exploding ammunition on board the truck.

Casualties had yet to be confirmed as the area was sealed off by security forces following the explosion. However, photos of blown-up body parts including hands lying on the road were circulated on Facebook.

Since last month, Yangon has seen periodic attacks against regime targets. Local administrators have been shot dead at close range on the streets, and sporadic bombings have been reported. However, Friday’s attack in Tamwe is unprecedented in its scale. The regime has attributed previous attacks to anti-regime resistance forces, but no one has claimed responsibility for any of them so far.

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