The anti-coup forces in Myanmar announced that they had killed dozens of members of the army, including a senior military commander, in a fight that took place between the two sides.
“At least 30 government soldiers were killed, including a tactical military commander, on Monday morning, after a military convoy detonated landmines outside Balis town,” the newspaper, “Asian News International,” quoted a People’s Defense Forces official as saying.
A spokesman for the anti-regime forces stated that “the People’s Defense Forces have been waiting for a military convoy since the end of last week, after they learned that a senior army commander would accompany the unit.”
The unnamed spokesman accused the military of targeting civilians and looting property in several areas, including Bali, Yinmapen, Monywa, Minjin, Hetigying and Chong O.
It is noteworthy that the People’s Defense Forces is the military wing of the Government of National Unity, which describes itself as the legitimate government in Myanmar after the military coup that took place on 1 February.
The military wing of the organization, designated by the Military Council as a terrorist organization, was formed on May 5, 2021.
In early February, the leaders of the regular army in Myanmar carried out a military coup, which resulted in the arrest of senior state officials, including President Win Myint and Chancellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
The United Nations says at least 872 women, children and men have been killed, and thousands more injured across Myanmar since the coup.