Police sub-inspector dies after guerrilla attack in Kanbalu, Sagaing Region

A police sub-inspector injured in a guerrilla attack on four police and military vehicles in Kanbalu, Sagaing Region, on Wednesday has died, according to local sources. 

The attack, which was carried out by a local anti-junta resistance group armed with improvised explosives and hunting rifles, took place at around 9am near Wah Nyo Hill, some 11km east of Kanbalu, a resident told Myanmar Now. 

“They attacked a police car on its way from Wah Nyo to the town. I heard that they used handmade mines and traditional guns. They said the sub-inspector was shot in the head and a policeman was shot in the shoulder,” said the resident.  

Police sub-inspector Soe Kyaw Zin Myint died of his injuries on Thursday morning, another resident of the town said. 

His body is being kept in a religious hall on the premises of the Kanbalu Township Police Station and will be sent to his hometown of Mohnyin in Kachin State, he added. 

A villager living near the scene of the attack said the guerrillas withdrew after police reinforcements arrived from Kanbalu about an hour later.

“A mine exploded and then a policeman fired his gun into the forest. But the car sped away, and the policeman who tried to shoot fell out,” said the villager. 

“The soldiers searched the forest. The guerrillas abandoned their weapons and fled. The guns were handmade,” he added.

After confiscating eight firearms, the soldiers stopped their chase, said the villager, adding that the weapons were later shown to residents of the nearby villages of Sabae Nanttha and Nammalun, who were questioned about who owned them.

Security has been tightened in Kanbalu, with the junta’s forces conducting thorough checks at the entrance and exit gates of the town, according to residents.


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