Over 30 Myanmar Regime Troops Reportedly Killed in Sagaing and Mandalay Regions

By The Irrawaddy 30 August 2022

More than 30 Myanmar junta soldiers were reportedly killed over the last two days in clashes with People’s Defense Forces (PDF) in Sagaing and Mandalay regions.

On early Sunday, local resistance forces jointly attacked a military detachment which departed from Lay Thar Village in Tigyaing Township, Sagaing Region, said Tigyaing Revolution (TR), the media partner of the township’s PDFs.

At least 15 regime soldiers were killed in the ambush and many others were injured, said TR. The junta troops were forced to retreat to nearby Kan Pauk Village, which they opened fire on. One male villager was killed, while a female resident was wounded.

PDF’s surrounded the village, trapping the regime forces until Monday morning when two military regime jets dropped around 16 bombs on the area. There were no casualties from the airstrikes, according to TR, but the junta troops were able to escape.

The same resistance groups also attacked a military detachment near Pauk Kone Village in Tigyaing Township. Three regime soldiers were killed in the clash, said TR.

However, the Irrawaddy was unable to confirm the military casualties independently.

Also on Monday, resistance fighters from Thabeikkyin-PDF ambushed a Myanmar military convoy in Mogok Township, Mandalay Region.

The convoy was returning to Mogok Town after raiding villages when Thabeikkyin-PDF ambushed it at close range with five mines. Resistance fighters also threw a grenade into one of the vehicles. A 30 minute firefight erupted with the junta forces using machine guns and grenades.

Some 15 regime soldiers were killed, according to Thabeikkyin-PDF, while all the resistance fighters escaped the area without injury.

Local resistance group Red Wolves of Mogok, who were involved in the ambush, said on Tuesday that they had confirmed the deaths of at least seven soldiers, including two captains, because their cremations were held in Mogok Township.

Currently, junta forces are facing near-daily attacks from PDFs and ethnic armed organizations nationwide.