Myanmar Resistance Claims to Have Killed More Than 70 Junta Troops in Two Days

By The Irrawaddy 16 November 2021

More than 70 junta troops were reportedly killed during attacks by People’s Defense Forces (PDFs) in Sagaing, Magwe, Mandalay, Yangon and Ayeyarwady regions on Monday and Sunday.

On Monday, three PDF attacks targeting regime troops were reported in Yangon and an attack on a convoy carrying junta ministers in Ayeyarwady Region.

On Monday afternoon, an armed group ambushed a convoy carrying Dr. Htay Aung, the junta-appointed hotels and tourism minister and Ayeyarwady chief minister U Tin Maung Win on the Chaungtha-Pathein highway in Pathein Township, according to media reports.

The regime’s minister was returning to Pathein after attending an opening ceremony for the tourism season at Chaungtha beach.

On Tuesday, the Pathein Western Defence Force (PWDF) claimed responsibility for the attack. It said four civilian resistance forces fought troops in the convoy.

The PWDF said 10 regime troops were killed in the attack. The whereabouts of the two ministers are unknown.

One hour after the ambush, about 40 military vehicles carrying soldiers and police arrived and detained villagers. Regime troops also searched forests, according to media reports.

At least eight junta soldiers and police were killed on Monday during three urban PDF attacks in Yangon, according to resistance groups.

On Monday morning, civilian resistance fighters attacked junta troops at a police outpost in Htantabin Township, Yangon. Three junta police officers, including a captain, were killed.

Video shows the police outpost being attacked by a gunman from a moving vehicle.

A burning police outpost in Yesagyo Township, Magwe Region, on Saturday. / Yesagyo PDF

The PDF also attacked a police outpost near Thanlyin Bridge in Yangon, killing at least three junta troops.

The PDF attacked a traffic police post near the bridge in Thaketa Township. In the attack, two traffic police officers were killed and another was wounded.

On Monday, the Mogoke PDF attacked regime forces stationed at a high school and police station in the ruby town.

On Monday, a firefight broke out when regime troops searched the forests for resistance fighters

On Sunday, the PDF attacked a military camp and a prison in the township.

In two days, at least 20 regime personnel were reportedly killed.

The National Unity Government’s (NUG) defense ministry said ambushes and attacks on regime troops were reported in several townships in Sagaing Region on Monday.

On Monday morning, 10 junta troops were reportedly killed when the Mingin PDF ambushed around 80 troops and Pyu-Saw-Htee militia members, who are trained and armed by the military, in Mingin Township, Sagaing Region.

Using mines, the PDF attacked regime forces at a police station in Ayadaw Township, Sagaing Region, on Monday. The junta troops were returning after raiding two villages in the township.

Seven junta troops were seriously injured, according to the civilian defense ministry.

Other PDFs ambushed regime troops in Tamu and Wetlet townships, Sagaing Region, on Sunday and Monday. They reported military casualties.

The Pale PDF said two military vehicles were damaged when it mined a convoy of around 37 vehicles on the Pale-Gangaw highway in Pale Township, Sagaing Region, on Monday.

Two vehicles were hit, one of which was destroyed, the Pale PDF said. The military casualties are unknown.

The Pale PDF claimed to have killed about 21 junta soldiers on Sunday when two PDFs ambushed around 80 junta soldiers on foot on the Pale-Gangaw highway.

Two civilian resistance groups on Sunday mined three junta vehicles on the Monywa-Mandalay highway in Monywa Township, Sagaing Region, according to the Chindwin Attack Force.

Two junta soldiers were killed in the attack and two civilians died in random shooting by the regime forces, the civilian resistance group said.

On Monday and Sunday, PDFs said they mined regime troops in Yesagyo Township, Magwe Region.

Last Saturday, four PDFs in Yesagyo attacked, occupied and then burned a police station in the township. Weapons were seized, according to the Yesagyo PDF.

The regime appears to be facing a growing number of attacks from PDFs and ethnic armed groups across the country.

Meanwhile, the regime has continued its atrocities, including the arbitrary killings of civilians, using civilians as human shields, bombarding residential areas, looting and burning houses and committing sexual violence, especially in Magwe and Sagaing regions and Chin, Shan and Kayah states.

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