The Myanmar Military Captures About 60 Opposition Fighters

Recently, almost 60 civilian resistance fighters from the People Defense Force (PDF) in Mingin were arrested as they attempted to attack a village in the Sagaing Region.
According to the PDF, civilian resistance fighters recently attacked Pan Set and Taungbyu villages, which are strongholds of Pyu-Saw-Htee allies who are armed with automatic rifles by the junta.
Residents report that Pyu-Saw-Htee and junta troops raided their villages and attacked the resistance in the township over the past month.
Resistance fighters in Mingin told The Irrawaddy on Thursday they attacked villages on Wednesday to prevent junta attacks on villages in the south of the township with the Phyu-Saw-Htee.
According to the PDF, 57 resistance members were captured by Pyu-Saw-Htee during the firefight at Taungbyu village.
“Our fighters were caught by a trap after entering the village after the Pyu-Saw-Htee said they would surrender,” said a PDF member. Twelve more resistance fighters escaped outside the village.
The junta’s reinforcements forced the resistance fighters to retreat from saving the detainees. Residents report that the military regime used a helicopter to supply ammunition after the firefight.
According to the PDF member, some of our members were slain at the Taungbyu village while others were detained.
Former Mingin Township lawmaker U Maung Myint, a central executive committee member of the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), wrote on Facebook on Wednesday that PDF members had been captured as a result of military tactics.
During the fighting in Pan Set village, one villager was killed and three others were injured, according to a former military officer.
According to the PDF, five resistance fighters were injured during the firefight.
A PDF member said troops and Pyu-Saw-Htee members recently raided Konyin village and tortured villagers.
Three villages nearby have been evacuated because of junta raids.
Recent clashes between the resistance and junta have broken out in Mingin Township.
The junta has forced more than 10,000 residents of Twin, Linponeyi, and Zee Pin Twin villages in Kani Township, Sagaing Region, to flee their homes. Residents report finding the bodies of 12 villagers buried by junta troops on Monday near Zee Pin Twin recently.

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