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PDFs hit regime targets in Magway and Sagaing regions

Resistance forces carried out multiple attacks on junta targets in Magway and Sagaing regions on Tuesday, as Myanmar’s shadow government stepped up its campaign to oust the country’s military dictatorship.

The Magway-based Beikthano People’s Defence Force (PDF) said in a statement that it hit five military targets in four of the region’s townships on Tuesday. 

The group, which takes its name from an ancient city founded in the region some 2,000 years ago, said its members attacked Light Infantry Battalion 103, based in Taungdwingyi Township, with a bomb at around 4:30am.

It said it then set off explosions targeting two transmission towers used to supply electricity to the No.17 Defence Appliances Factory in the village of Nyaung Kone in Myothit Township.

The homes of a municipal official in Yaysakyo Township and the Ku Lar Shin village administrator in Natmauk Township were also bombed in pre-dawn attacks, according to the statement. 

Regime forces providing security for a branch of the state-owned Myanma Economic Bank in Natmauk were the fifth target, the statement added.

Meanwhile, in neighbouring Sagaing Region, another local PDF carried out a grenade attack on Kalay Township’s central police station on Tuesday afternoon.

A local resident told Myanmar Now that he heard an explosion followed by two gunshots near the station, but was not aware of any casualties.

“It happened at around 1:30pm. We heard two gunshots, but I haven’t heard anything about any police officers being killed,” said the resident, whose account was confirmed by another person living in the area. 

In a separate incident, regime forces arrested two people in Kalay on Tuesday after driving into them as they took part in a protest march, according to local sources.

In a speech delivered early Tuesday morning, the acting president of the shadow National Unity Government, Duwa Lashi La, officially declared war on the junta that overthrew Myanmar’s elected civilian government on February 1.

“This revolution is a just and fair revolution and is necessary to build a federal union with sustainable peace,” Duwa Lashi La said in the speech, as he called on all citizens to resist a regime that has killed more than 1,000 civilians since seizing power. 

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