Burma

Six Myanmar Regime Officials Assassinated in Yangon in Last Four Days

By The Irrawaddy 18 July 2022

At least six Myanmar junta officials including a judge and an army captain have been killed in the commercial capital Yangon in the last four days. 

On Monday morning, army captain Aung Naing Phyoe from the military’s weapons factory and his wife Ma Jue Jue Aung were shot dead by gunmen in Yangon’s Hlaing Township while they were driving.  

The Facebook page of the pro-military regime the News of Myanmar reported that the couple were shot dead at close range by “terrorists”.

Anonymous Urban Guerrillas (AUG), a local resistance group, claimed responsibility for the assassination. 

AUG also claimed to have killed U Khin Maung Latt, a junta-appointed ward administrator from Yangon’s Mayangone Township, last Friday. 

The urban guerilla group said that the victim was a junta informant who had been involved in torturing civilian detainees.

The AUG has also vowed to launch more operations targeting junta informants and regime subordinates in the west of Yangon. 

Also on Friday morning, another man accused of being a junta informant was shot dead by two gunmen in Yangon’s Twante Township. No group has claimed responsibility for the killing yet.

On Sunday, a combined force of urban resistance groups attacked junta-appointed ward administrators at a teashop in Yangon’s Shwepyithar Township. 

Army captain Aung Naing Phyoe and his wife after being shot by gunmen in Yangon’s Hlaing Township on Monday. (Photo- CJ)

Ward administration member U Win Naing, who is a leader of the new pro-junta Thwe Thout vigilante group, died in the attack, said the Yangon Urban Guerrilla Army (YUGA), which coordinated the attack. 

Another ward administrator, U Tun Min, suffered serious injuries in the attack, added the YUGA.

The Thwe Thout group, which is believed to have been formed by the military regime, has been murdering members and supporters of the National League for Democracy Party. 

YUGA said also that the teashop attack was part of the “Nann Htike Aung Operation” targeting regime administrations across the country. 

The operation, which started in April 2022, has seen 91 regime targets attacked and resulted in the deaths of over 80 regime forces, their allied members and informants, with another 90 injured.

On Sunday evening, a combined force of resistance groups bombed two entry gates of the military intelligence force in Yangon’s North Okkalapa Township. However, military casualties are still unknown. 

A ward administration office in Yangon’s South Dagon Township was damaged on Sunday after being bombed by the combined forces of the Yangon Underground Association. 

Another resistance group, Special Task Agency of Burma (STA), claimed to have killed U San Lin, the judge of the Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township court, on Friday night in Yangon. 

The victim died on the spot after being shot by gunmen while in a taxi in Mayangone Township. 

The guerilla group said the junta-appointed judge had jailed many anti-regime youths and students on unjust political charges. 

On Friday evening, the STA also attacked Hlaing Tharyar Township court with mines.

Last week, a series of explosions rocked Yangon, as the junta struggles to control major cities as well as rural areas. 

Regime forces are facing relentless attacks from People’s Defense Forces and ethnic armed organizations across the country. 

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