Burma

Resistance Groups Claim Rising Numbers of Yangon Attacks on Myanmar Regime

By The Irrawaddy 28 January 2022

Despite the threat of arrest and death sentences, several resistance forces in Yangon are continuing to attack Myanmar’s regime forces across the city.

Last week the regime sentenced to death former National League for Democracy lawmaker Ko Phyo Zeyar Thaw and a veteran democracy activist Ko Kyaw Min Yu, also known as Ko Jimmy, for violating the Counterterrorism Act.

They were accused of masterminding guerrilla warfare in Yangon.

However, resistance groups reportedly continue to target regime forces, government offices, junta informants and military-linked businesses.

The Irrawaddy could not independently verify any of the reports.

Anti-regime activities have increased since late December.

From Zero to Hero, a Yangon resistance group, claims to have bombed regime forces at the gate of the military interrogation center on the Bayint Naung Road in Hlaing Township on Friday morning.

Some troops were injured in the blast and a second bomb was discovered by soldiers, the group said.

The attackers escaped, despite regime forces searching for them, the group said.

Two other groups claimed to have bombed Thaketa police station on Thursday night.

The casualties are unknown, said the Dictator Revolt Front that coordinated the attack.

Dark Shadow, another group, said it abandoned an attack on regime sentries under the Hledan flyover in Kamayut Township on Friday to prevent hurting civilians.

The group requested Yangon residents to avoid regime troops and junta-controlled areas due to the danger of other attacks.

On Thursday night, the electricity office in Thanlyin Township was reportedly attacked with a remotely controlled bomb by the Urban Guerrilla Force of Thanlyin, according to media reports.

The corporation cuts power supplies to households that refuse to pay their bills.

Since the Feb. 1 coup, citizens have been refusing to pay tax or bills to junta-controlled departments while over 400,000 civil servants, including thousands of police officers and soldiers, have refused to work for the regime.

More than 12 regime soldiers were injured and two killed in the last week during attacks in Insein, Mingaladon, Taikkyi, South Dagon, South Okkalapa, Tamwe and Hlaingthaya townships, according to resistance groups.

The regime is also being attacked in Mandalay.

On Thursday, two groups bombed a telecommunication office where troops were deployed in the city.

A soldier was injured in the blast, claimed Eagle Brothers, one of the groups involved.

A member of bank staff was injured by a bomb at a Kanbawza Bank branch in Mandalay on Friday morning, according to media reports. No group has claimed responsibility.

The regime faces attacks from people’s defense forces and many ethnic armed groups across the country, except for Rakhine State, which is largely under the control of the Arakan Army.


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