Military responds to resistance attack with airstrike on villages near Indo-Myanmar border

The military tried to halt an attack by resistance forces on its forces in Sagaing Region’s Tamu Township last week with an aerial bombing of the area in question, according to local sources.

On the early morning of June 15, anti-junta defence teams launched an assault on Pan Thar village, located near Myanmar’s border with India and a regime stronghold where junta troops and members of the military-backed Pyu Saw Htee militia are stationed.

The military responded by carrying out an airstrike targeting the nearby villages of Yan Gyi Aung and Aing Dine hours later at 8am.

“We couldn’t see the junta aircrafts due to the clouds, but we could hear them,” a local man said on the condition of anonymity. “I heard it was just one airstrike but dropped two bombs.”

It is not known if the bombings caused any casualties.

Myanmar army forces fired artillery towards the area from Tamu town, according to residents, but there was reportedly no one injured by the heavy weapons fire.

A unit of Pyu Saw Htee militiamen heading north through Tamu Township were struck with explosive devices set by the resistance that same morning. The number of people killed or injured was not known at the time of reporting.

Among the several resistance groups operating in Tamu are two battalions of the People’s Defence Force (PDF), the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front, and a force made up of police officers who defected to the anti-regime movement.

In addition to Pan Thar, the villages of Wi Tote, Kun Taung, Min Thar, Myo Thit Myo and Ta Nan are dominated by Pyu Saw Htee chapters, locals said.

The military attacked a PDF base in northern Tamu from both land and air over two days in late March, killing three members of the resistance group.

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