Myanmar Regime Forces Detain 15 Civilians in Mandalay

By The Irrawaddy 10 February 2022

Junta forces detained 15 civilians on Wednesday morning while raiding a ward in Mandalay’s Maha Aung Myay Township.

“They blocked the roads and searched each and every house. It will still early dawn when they came. They detained 15 people who quarreled with them,” said a local resident.

Regime troops checked the number of occupants in houses against household registration certificates, and also marked the houses that they had inspected.

The raid in West Thanlyet Hmaw Ward was in response to a tip that members of a People’s Defense Force were hiding in the ward along with weapons and ammunition, a source from the Maha Aung Myay Township General Administration Department told The Irrawaddy.

On Monday, a former ward administrator from Maha Aung Myay Township was shot in the head. He was widely believed to be a military informant, said local residents.

West Thanlyet Hmaw is a large ward made up of 18 blocks, where the ward administration office has been attacked at least three times in the last year and a junta-appointed ward administrator, a 100-household administrator and an alleged military informant were shot dead.

A number of resistance fighters were detained in West Thanlyet Hmaw at the end of July last year.

Military regime forces were also searching wards in Mandalay’s Aungmyaythazan Township on Thursday morning.

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