Over 20 Myanmar Military Soldiers Killed in Clashes

By The Irrawaddy 16 September 2021

At least 21 junta soldiers were reportedly killed over the last two days after being ambushed by civilian resistance fighters in Chin State and Sagaing and Magwe regions.

On Wednesday evening, at least three regime troops were killed by landmines planted by the People’s Defense Force-Kalay (PDF-K) in Kale Township, Sagaing Region, according to the PDF-K.

A military convoy using some civilian vehicles triggered the landmines near the Government Technology University in Kale.

The Yaw-People’s Defense Force (Y-PDF) claims to have killed four junta troops on Wednesday morning in an ambush near the border of Kale Township and Gangaw Township in Magwe Region.

Two regime soldiers were also wounded in the attack. The Y-PDF said that two of the dead soldiers were members of a Pyu-Saw-Htee group, a militia trained and armed by the military regime.

Junta troops have been raiding villages along the Gangaw-Kale Highway over the past few weeks in their operations against civilian resistance forces. Over 20 civilians, including several teenagers, were slain and many homes torched by the regime troops. Thousands of people have been forced to flee their villages in Gangaw Township.

On Wednesday morning, another intense firefight occurred in the east of Kanpetlet Township, Chin State when junta troops and ethnic Chin resistance fighters clashed.

During the shootout, four junta soldiers were killed and many others injured, according to the Chinland Defense Force-Kanpetlet (CDF-K).

After the firefight, angry junta soldiers entered Kanpetlet Town and opened fire randomly with heavy weapons and explosives, said CDF-K.

CDF-K has warned locals to be on the alert as more fighting is expected in the township.

The remains of a house set on fire by junta troops in Htei Hlaw Village in Gangaw Township, Magwe Region on Sunday. Photo CJ

On Tuesday morning, 10 junta soldiers were killed and many were injured during an ambush by the CDF-K in the east of Kanpetlet Township. After the clash, junta forces opened fire randomly with artillery, said CDF-K.

There has been an uptick in clashes between junta forces and civilian resistance fighters since last week, when the parallel National Unity Government declared a peoples’ defensive war against the military regime.

As of Wednesday, over 1,090 people have been killed by junta forces during their raids, crackdowns, arrests, interrogation and random shootings, said the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which is compiling lists of deaths and arrests since the February 1 coup.

Another 8,184 people, including elected government leaders, have been detained by the junta or face arrest warrants.

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