Resistance Groups Hail Ambushes on Myanmar Junta Boats

By The Irrawaddy 8 September 2022

At least 12 Myanmar junta soldiers were reportedly killed by resistance groups during attacks on regime motorboats on the Chindwin River in three Sagaing Region townships within two days.

On Tuesday evening, fighting broke out in Myaung Township when 27 resistance groups attacked four junta boats.

The vessels were carrying around 30 regime troops and transporting firearms and ammunition from nearby Yesagyo Township to troops stationed at Kyauk Tan village in Myaung.

A resistance video shows fighters attacking the boats and large explosions.

During 40 minutes of fighting, resistance forces sank a boat, said the Civilian’s Defense and Security Organization of Myaung that coordinated the attack.

Two damaged boats were stranded on a sandbank while another drifted downriver, the group said.

Resistance forces claimed to have killed 12 regime soldiers and injured 10 others.

The Irrawaddy was unable to independently confirm the junta casualties.

During the fighting, regime troops from Kyauk Tan arrived and attacked resistance forces using explosives.

All resistance fighters reportedly retreated without any casualties as more reinforcements from Yesagyo were expected to arrive.

On Wednesday morning, two resistance groups used four homemade mines to attack six junta motorboats on the Chindwin in Chaung-U Township.

A resistance video shows firing from a boat after triggering a mine.

The Chaung-U Revolution Army, which took part in the attack, said it hit the boat with 200mm shells.

The junta casualties are unknown.

On Wednesday five resistance groups attacked two junta motorboats on the Chindwin in Monywa Township using explosives, said Monywa People’s Defense Force, one of the resistance groups.

Myanmar’s junta faces near-daily attacks from resistance groups and ethnic revolutionary organizations across the country.