Myanmar Military Involved In Shootout With Opposition Troops

During the shootout, eight PDF fighters were killed and eight were arrested, while some junta troops were seriously injured, according to military-run Myawady TV.
The commander of the Mandalay PDF’s urban guerrilla warfare unit, who goes by the pseudonym Bo Tun Tauk Naing, told The Irrawaddy that only two resistance fighters were killed.
Students and civil servants on strike are among the six arrested.
“We also seized some weapons,” he said.
Early this morning, Junta troops reportedly raided a boarding school where PDF fighters were based in Hton Tone ward.
“They found us. They came to our base at the corner of 111st and 112nd streets on 54th Street and we fired at them as they approached,” Bo Tun Tauk Naing said.
As their colleagues from other parts of town rushed to rescue them, the PDF fighters attempted to withdraw from the base.
According to the PDF, grenades were used by Junta forces. The Junta also used snipers and armored vehicles in the clash.
“Junta troops arrived at 7 a.m. At 111th and 54th streets, the gunmen opened fire. The shooting was not heavy. At 8 a.m., there was an exchange of fire. 8.30 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. Until now, junta troops have not raided houses. While the clash was still going on in the morning, a resident of Hton Tone Ward said, “They are detaining every man they see.”.
Machine guns and grenades were heard, he said.
Recently, the US and Canadian embassies in Yangon called for an end to the violence and the protection of civilians, saying they were disturbed and concerned by the fighting in Mandalay.
The Mandalay PDF was formed by local resistance fighters who underwent military training provided by ethnic armed groups. Mandalay PDF is part of the National Unity Government.

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