Myanmar military deploys ‘kamikaze drones’ in southern Shan State

A Pa-O ethnic armed organisation fighting the junta says that the Myanmar army has been flying drones with bombs attached into targets in Hsihseng Township

The junta deployed several drones equipped with bombs during attacks this week in Hsihseng Township, southern Shan State, according to the Pa-O National Liberation Organisation/Army (PNLO/A), which took control of the area in January. 

In a statement released on Wednesday, the PNLA said that one day earlier, the military fired on the township around 100 times using artillery and “kamikaze drones,” named as such because they are operated so that they make contact with their targets and explode.

The ethnic armed organisation did not state if there had been any civilian casualties in the assaults. 

Junta chief Min Aung Hlaing has admitted that his troops suffered major losses in northern Shan State late last year when an ethnic Ta’ang, Kokang, and Rakhine armed alliance launched an offensive called Operation 1027 against his forces, regularly using “agricultural drones” produced in China to strike Myanmar army. . .

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