NUG claims 100 soldiers killed in over 30 attacks in single day

An August file photo purporting to show People’s Defense Force fighters. Photo: National Unity Government
An August file photo purporting to show People’s Defense Force fighters. Photo: National Unity Government

Myanmar’s shadow government said that its forces had killed about 100 junta-aligned security forces in more than 30 attacks in one day Sunday.

Led by deposed lawmakers from the National League for Democracy party of Aung San Suu Kyi, the National Unity Government framed the attacks in the Sagaing, Magway and Tanintharyi regions as an escalation of its assault on the military’s grip on power.

It said that fighters belonging to its People’s Defense Forces, or PDF, attacked 17 military outposts, 10 administrative targets and 10 economic targets. In one undated clip posted to social media Sunday, fighters could be seen ambushing a military convoy with small arms and an RPG. It was unclear where it happened.

Apart from the fighting, the statement said peaceful protests continue around the country to end military rule and establish a federal democracy.

The statement from its Defense Ministry said 86 fighters were killed in the Sagaing Division, and another 10 in Tanintharyi Division’s Thayet Chaung Township, where 20 were injured.

It claimed that the PDF suffered no losses, and only one fighter injured.

The Tatmadaw, as Myanmar’s military is called, has declared the PDF a terrorist organization. The U.N. warned late last month that the rising tide of violence is a human rights catastrophe in the making, and “mass deaths” could result.

Clashes and bombings have reportedly escalated in most regions and states since the National Unity Government declared war on the military one month ago.

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