Myanmar Shadow Govt Claims 580 Junta Troops Killed Last Month

By The Irrawaddy 6 September 2021

Around 580 junta soldiers were killed and almost 190 wounded during 443 shootouts and assassinations with ethnic armed groups and civilian resistance fighters in August, according to Myanmar’s parallel National Unity Government (NUG).

Based on media reports, the NUG said almost 73 civilians were killed and another 45 wounded by junta forces during 129 acts of violence by the regime.

Myanmar’s military regime has been facing armed resistance from people using air-guns, homemade firearms and bombs across the country, except in Rakhine State. The state reported no resistance and only one civilian death in August.

In August, regime forces faced 81 firefights with ethnic armed forces and 57 with civilian People’s Defense Forces (PDF).

Junta forces also faced 74 assassinations, 94 explosions and eight shootouts.

The regime suffered its heaviest losses in Sagaing Region with 33 incidents with the civilian resistance, two shootouts with ethnic armed forces, 22 assassinations and 11 explosions. Junta forces committed a reported 38 acts of violence against civilians in the region.

An estimated 222 junta soldiers were killed and 59 wounded while 37 civilians were killed and eight wounded by junta forces in August.

In July, 417 junta soldiers were killed and 270 injured in the region.

The NUG said Yangon Region reported the second-largest amount of violence with 64 cases in August.

It reported 37 explosions and 14 assassinations by the PDF and 11 acts of junta violence against civilians.

Seven junta troops and 11 civilians were killed, the NUG said.

Myanmar’s junta continues its atrocities, killings, arrests and raids against those who allegedly oppose military rule and their relatives.

By Saturday, the regime killed 1,046 people, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

Another 7,876 people, including elected government leaders, have been detained by the junta or face arrest warrants.

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