Burma

Myanmar’s Civilian Government Claims 1,128 Attacks in Yangon

By The Irrawaddy 8 April 2022

The Yangon Region Military Command, an armed wing of the shadow National Unity Government, says it has successfully completed its first anti-regime operation with 1,128 attacks on junta targets in the region over the past seven months.

Launched after the NUG declared war against the military junta last September, Operation Pyan Hlwar Aung or “Victorious Swallow” has been carrying out guerilla attacks in Yangon.

The regional command said in a statement on Thursday evening that during the seven months of the operation, it attacked 443 administrative and 587 military targets and 98 military-owned businesses, killing 253 enemies and injuring nearly 300.

The attacks included deadly assaults on Yangon checkpoints, patrols and junta residences.

It claimed responsibility for the attack on Daw Than Than Swe, deputy governor of the junta-controlled Central Bank of Myanmar, on Thursday morning, saying it was the last Pyan Hlwar Aung attack.

The highest-ranking regime official to be attacked, Daw Than Than Swe was shot five times on her doorstep and it is unclear if she survived.

A second military operation has already been launched “to continue the ongoing revolution to uproot the military dictatorship”, the statement read.

In response to the Pyan Hlwar Aung attacks, junta outposts have been reinforced with sandbags and concrete barriers.

In late January, the junta handed down death penalties to jailed veteran democracy activist Ko Jimmy, also known as Kyaw Min Yu, and former National League for Democracy lawmaker Ko Phyo Zeyar Thaw, who were accused of masterminding attacks in Yangon.

A junta video showed Ko Phyo Zeyar Thaw admitting he helped with logistics and the distribution of weapons and ammunition for Operation Pyan Hlwar Aung. The junta also alleged Ko Jimmy headed an urban guerrilla force.

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