Resistance Ambushes Kill or Injure Nearly 100 Soldiers in Myanmar Anti-Regime Strongholds
By The Irrawaddy 22 July 2022
Numerous Myanmar junta troops were reportedly killed or injured in fighting in Sagaing and Magwe regions and Kachin and Shan states on Thursday and Friday.
On Thursday afternoon, Myohla People’s Defense Force (PDF) in Kachin State ambushed infantry troops from Battalion 601 in Shwegu Township, according to the resistance group and the Kachin media.
The group claimed to have killed or injured around 30 soldiers while a PDF leader was killed.
The Irrawaddy could not independently verify the reports.
A resistance fighter told the media that the regime suffered heavy losses in its ambush.
Regime forces faced ambushes and attacks in Kale and Sagaing townships in Sagaing Region on Thursday and Friday.
On Friday morning, PDFs raided a rural junta camp in Sagaing Township, said Zero Guerrilla Force from Myingyan Township in Mandalay Region that took part in the raid.
After over two hours of fighting, nine soldiers and pro-regime Pyu Saw Htee militia members were killed, the group claimed.
Ko Aung Ko Zin, 24, a PDF marksman who had killed more than 140 regime troops in previous ambushes and clashes, was killed on Friday, the group said.
In eight hours of fighting in Kale Township on Thursday, 10 regime soldiers, including an army captain, were killed, according to resistance groups.
Ranger Kalay Defense Force, which was involved in the attack, said one of its fighters killed a regime solider in the fighting.
Kale PDF, which coordinated the ambush, said soldiers burned their comrades’ dead bodies after the resistance groups retreated without suffering any casualties.
On Thursday, around 30 regime soldiers were killed or injured when PDFs used four cluster mines to ambush several hundred troops at Salin in Minbu Township, Magwe Region.
After sustaining heavy casualties, the troops retreated and the PDFs warned residents to be aware of revenge raids.
Three regime soldiers were killed and a PDF member suffered minor injuries on Wednesday morning when the same group of around 400 troops raided a PDF camp in Minbu Township.
Afterward, troops also raided villages and residents fled their homes.
On Thursday morning, around 10 junta soldiers were killed when PDFs used landmines to ambush an estimated 100 troops traveling to raid villages in the south of Pauk Township, Magwe Region, said the Young Revolution Front, which was involved in the ambush.
On Thursday evening Pekon PDF and the Karenni Nationalities Defense Force raided a junta camp on a hill in Pekon Township, southern Shan State.
During an hour of fighting, nine regime soldiers were killed or injured and no resistance fighters were hurt, said Pekon PDF.
Resistance fighters retreated amid junta shelling from Pekon town, which led to villagers leaving their homes, the group said.
Regime forces are facing daily attacks and ambushes from PDFs and ethnic armed organizations across the country.