Myanmar Resistance Fighters Continue to Battle Junta Troops in Sagaing

By The Irrawaddy 23 May 2021

Shootouts between junta troops and civilian People Defense Force (PDF) fighters continued in Kani, Sagaing Region, on Sunday.

Fighting was also reported on the Monywa-Kalaywa and Kani-Mingin highways in Kani Township on Sunday morning.

Two military vehicles reportedly triggered landmines.

“Junta troops used two vehicles to send injured soldiers to a hospital. After the firefight, they raided villages and looted shops,” a resident said.

A PDF member told The Irrawaddy that shootouts also occurred in eastern Kani Township on Sunday afternoon.

At about 7am on Saturday, a shootout occurred between the PDF and junta troops in 10 vehicles on the Kani-Mingin highway.

At least 10 resistance fighters were injured during the prolonged shootout.

“The firefight continued until Saturday night. There were also military casualties. Retreating military vehicles triggered landmines near the entrance to Kani,” a resident told The Irrawaddy.

Four civilian fighters were reported as missing and about 30 motorbikes were set on fire by junta troops. Junta drones are still hovering over the area, according to residents.

Two villages have reportedly been emptied because of the clashes and about 5,000 residents from 45 villages in Kani, Mingin and Yinmabin townships have now fled their homes.

Shootouts between regime forces and civilian resistance fighters started in Kani Township on April 2.

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