Police officer killed in Naypyitaw attack, PDF claims 

A People’s Defence Force (PDF) attack on a checkpoint in Naypyitaw on Tuesday afternoon killed a police sub-inspector, a member of the resistance group said. 

Ngwe Soe, a spokesperson for the Naypyitaw PDF, said that at 2pm they opened fire on the Shan Su security gate at the entrance to Naypyitaw Region in Lewe Township, located at the 198 mile-marker on the Yangon-Mandalay highway. 

“It wasn’t a planned attack. One of our close-range shots hit one of them in the head. We caught them by surprise,” he told Myanmar Now, adding that there were no casualties on the PDF’s side. 

Ngwe Soe said that the junta officers who manned the Shan Su checkpoint have been notorious for abusing their power and physically and verbally assaulting travellers during inspections. 

A Lewe local said that following the attack, the junta sent police reinforcements to the security gate. 

“There were seven police vehicles packed with fully armed police officers. There weren’t this many before,” the local told Myanmar Now. 

All of Myanmar Now’s calls to the military council spokesperson Gen Zaw Min Tun about the attack in Lewe went unanswered. 

Tuesday’s attack was the third recent strike by resistance forces against junta personnel in Naypyitaw, the military capital. The first was the August 30 ambush of an army column in Pyinmana Township that allegedly killed 11 soldiers, according to the local PDF. 

The second was the September 10 assassination of an accused military informant, Khin Mar Htay, who lived in Maung Yan village tract in Ottara Thiri Township. 

According to their statements, the Naypyitaw PDF often works with an unnamed Special Region armed group, as well as the Beikthano PDF. 

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