Myanmar Resistance Raids Two Sagaing Police Outposts

By The Irrawaddy 24 January 2022

Two Myanmar junta police outposts were seized and burned down and at least eight police officers, including a captain, were captured by the People’s Defense Force in Paungbyin Township, Sagaing Region, on Saturday, according to the civilian National Unity Government (NUG).

At around 3am on Saturday, 42 resistance fighters in Paungbyin attacked the Maingchaung outpost, the NUG’s shadow defense ministry said on the Public Voice Television (PVTV) website.

During an hour’s fighting, eight police officers retreated and two were captured by the resistance forces. No PDF casualties were reported.

Three firearms were seized and the PDF burned down the police outpost, the civilian ministry said.

Later 35 Paungbyin PDF members raided another outpost in the township, capturing six police officers, including a captain, seven firearms, ammunition and motorbikes, the PVTV reported.

Two policemen escaped and a resistance fighter suffered minor injuries, the ministry said.

The Irrawaddy could not independently verify any of the reports.

A junta-controlled newspaper reported that two Paungbyin police outposts had been abandoned after attacks by large numbers of “terrorists”.

The junta media said a police officer was injured and others were missing along with weapons.

The regime faces regular attacks from PDFs and ethnic armed groups across the country, except in Rakhine State, which is largely under the control of the Arakan Army.

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