Burma

Resistance Fighters Killed in Firefight With Myanmar Regime Troops

By The Irrawaddy 4 July 2022

Eight resistance fighters were killed during a firefight with Myanmar junta soldiers in Wetlet Township, Sagaing Region, on Sunday, according to people’s defense forces (PDFs).

On Sunday morning, several PDFs attacked around 100 troops near Minywa village in the township.

The troops had burned houses in four villages in the east of Wetlet on Saturday and Sunday.

PDF videos show resistance fighters, mostly armed with improvised firearms, fighting regime troops armed with automatic weapons and explosives.

During 90 minutes of fighting, six regime soldiers were killed and four others injured, claimed Wetlet PDF, which coordinated the attack.

The Irrawaddy was unable to independently confirm the military casualties.

Meanwhile, eight resistance fighters were killed and others wounded, the PDFs said.

The corpses of PDF members killed in fighting with junta troops near Minywa village, Wetlet Township, Sagaing Region, on Sunday. / Pro-junta Kyaw Swar Telegram Channel

A pro-regime Telegram channel posted photos of eight dead PDF members with homemade firearms.

The troops had used civilian detainees as human shields and killed them, Wetlet PDF said.

On Monday, the troops continued to raid and burn villages, another PDF said.

On June 29, nine PDF members, including four teenagers from the Generation Z Special Task Force in Wetlet, were executed by regime forces after they were detained in adjacent Shwebo Township to attend medical training.

Faced with daily attacks from resistance groups and ethnic armed organizations, the regime has committed atrocities, including arbitrary arrests, killing civilians, burning alive, massacres, using civilians as human shields, aerial bombardment and shelling of residential areas and looting and burning houses.

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