A total of 25 Myanmar junta troops and allied militia members were killed by the people’s defense forces (PDFs) at a village in Tamu Township, Sagaing Region, on Wednesday.
Tamu PDF and the Special Task Force a resistance group attacked regime forces and pro-regime Pyu Saw Htee militia stationed at Pann Thar village in the south of the township.
Tamu PDF said the raid was in response to a junta attack that left 12 resistance fighters dead and three others in custody in Pwintbyu Township, Magwe Region, on early Wednesday.
The group called the raid “Operation Swun Ye” to honor resistance fighter Swun Ye who was killed at the village during a clash with regime forces last year.
A Tamu PDF representative told The Irrawaddy on Friday that 11 regime soldiers and 14 pro-regime militia members were confirmed killed in the five-hour clash. Five resistance fighters were injured.
The resistance retreated as junta reinforcement arrived and troops at a nearby village began shelling them.
On Thursday evening, resistance groups in Tamu ambushed a junta convoy of more than 12 vehicles near Yan Linn Phine village on the Kale-Tamu highway.
Tamu PDF said they only targeted junta vehicles and avoided civilians.
Two vehicles were damaged but the regime casualties are unknown. The convoy was heading to Tamu after burning houses and detaining three villagers.
On Friday, residents found their bodies after being shot by soldiers, according to the Tamu PDF.
The junta faces daily attacks from PDFs and ethnic armed organizations across the country.
You may also like these stories: