30 Myanmar troops killed in clashes with rebels...

Dhaka, Monday   18 October 2021

30 Myanmar troops killed in clashes with rebels

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 05:07 PM, 13 October 2021  

Anti-junta protests in Myanmar; Photo: Collected

Anti-junta protests in Myanmar; Photo: Collected

At least 30 members of Myanmar’s military forces have been killed in clashes with rebel groups in the Sagaing region of the country, Indian media ANI reported this on Wednesday.

According to Radio Free Asia, citing members of the People’s Defense Force (PDF), the clash took place with a group of “resistance fighters” when Myanmar’s military forces began crackdown at the Sagaing region, located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River and 20km southwest of Mandalay. “30 Burmese soldiers were killed in the clashes,” PDF informed the media.

A PDF spokesman said a Myanmar military convoy had been hit by a landmine outside the city during the clashes on Monday morning. At least 30 government soldiers, including a commander, were killed at the time.

We have been waiting for that “convoy of Myanmar’s military since Sunday” – because a senior commander of the government forces (to conduct the operation) was scheduled to visit here, the PDF spokesman said.

Instability has continued in Myanmar since Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government was overthrown in a military coup on February 1 this year. The incident sparked a mass uprising in the country, and the Burmese military tried to crack it by force.

Since the ousted of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s army chief Min Aung Hlaing took over the power and led the crackdown to suppress the mass uprising.

Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the NLD, are currently under house arrest.

According to the watchdog Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), at least 1167 people have been killed and more than 7,200 have been imprisoned in the country since the military coup took power.

Clashes between rebel groups and Myanmar’s military have also escalated in recent months. AAPP says there were 132 clashes between the two sides in September alone.

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