Resistance Force Raids Army Checkpoint, Kills 13 Myanmar Junta Soldiers

By The Irrawaddy 10 June 2022

Around 13 Myanmar regime soldiers were reportedly killed during a people’s defense force (PDF) raid on a checkpoint in Yesagyo Township, Magwe Region, on Thursday.

Three PDFs from Yesagyo and Myaing townships in Magwe and Salingyi Township in Sagaing Region raided a checkpoint at Sin Phyu Shin Bridge in the north of the township, said Yesagyo PDF.

During an hour’s fighting three troops were killed, another captured alive and the others escaped.

The resistance fighters burned down the position.

Submitting video and photos, Yesagyo PDF said fighters seized eight weapons, 1,000 rounds and 11 million kyats in cash.

The Irrawaddy could not independently verify the reports.

The PDFs told the media that another 10 regime soldiers were killed when resistance fighters ambushed a convoy of reinforcements in Yesagyo using six mines.

Resistance fighters during the raid on a military checkpoint in Yesagyo Township, Magwe Region, on Thursday. / MYG-PDF

A military vehicle was heavily damaged by a mine, the PDF said.

On Thursday morning nine PDF groups ambushed around 120 regime soldiers in adjacent Myaung Township, Sagaing Region.

The Civilian Defense and Security Group in Myaung that coordinated the ambush said the troops were returning from Yesagyo.

The group claimed to have killed at least 10 troops in the ambush and five others were killed by mines.

The resistance fighters escaped but one was injured in the thigh by a regime mortar, the group said.

After the attack, regime forces burned down two houses near Zayat village and detained three male villagers at Min Hla in the township.

The PDF warned of the threat of regime raids in the area.

The junta faces daily attacks from PDFs and ethnic armed forces.

Regime forces are committing war crimes and crimes against humanity by conducting arbitrary arrests and killing civilians, using artillery and air strikes on residential areas, using detained civilians as human shields and looting and burning houses, especially in Chin, Kachin, Shan, Kayah states and Magwe and Sagaing regions.