Resistance Attacks Leave Junta Troops Dead Across Myanmar

By The Irrawaddy 2 November 2021

More than 12 Myanmar regime troops were reportedly killed during ambushes by civilian resistance forces in Sagaing Region and Chin and Kayah states on Tuesday and Monday.

On Tuesday morning, 15 members of the Pale People’s Defense Force (PDF) ambushed about 30 regime troops in the west of the Sagaing Region township.

The PDF claimed the troops were returning to Pale after raiding a village about 6km from the town.

During the 15-minute ambush, a police officer was reportedly killed and many others injured.

The PDF commander told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that his group escaped without casualties.

On Tuesday morning, the Chin Defense Force (CDF) in Mindat reportedly attacked a military convoy of 75 vehicles, including a bulldozer, on the Mindat-Matupi highway near the mountaintop town of Mindat in Chin State.

The bulldozer was destroyed and two troops were injured, according to the media.

On Sunday, the Mindat CDF attacked regime forces patrolling Mindat in response to the junta’s bombardment and burning of Thantlang, another Chin mountaintop town, on Friday.

In that attack, three junta soldiers were killed and a Chin resistance fighter was injured, said the CDF.

Tigyaing Revolution, a media partner of the Tigyaing PDF, claimed a tank fell into a ravine after hitting a PDF mine near Mount Mawku in Tigyaing Township, Sagaing Region, on Monday night.

The group reported around 40 military casualties on Monday afternoon when the PDF used six landmines on around 300 troops climbing Mt Mawkun.

The Irrawaddy was unable to independently confirm the reports.

Myaing Villages Revolution Front, a civilian resistance force, claimed to have killed a junta police officer when his vehicle hit a landmine near Kangyidaw village in Myaing Township, Sagaing Region, on Monday morning.

The combined Karenni Nationalities Defense Forces (KNDF) and Karenni Army, the armed wing of the Karenni National Progressive Party, attacked junta troops deployed in a residential area of Demoso in Kayah State on Monday.

During eight hours of fighting, at least 8 junta soldiers were killed and a Karenni resistance fighter suffered minor injuries, according to the KNDF.

With exception of Rakhine State, the regime is facing increasingly fierce attacks from the PDFs and some ethnic armed forces across the country.

Meanwhile, regime atrocities have increased, including raids, arrests, the arbitrary killing of civilians, bombarding and burning down houses, especially in Magwe and Sagaing regions and Chin, Shan and Kayah states.

By Monday, 1,229 civilians have been slain by regime forces since the Feb. 1 coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which records deaths and arrests.

Another 9,592 people have been detained by the junta with over 7,000 still in custody.

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