Two injured in attack on police checkpoint in Mandalay

An attack on a police checkpoint in Mandalay’s Pyigyidagun Township on Tuesday left at least two people injured, according to local sources.

The incident occurred near a community hall in the township’s Thin Pan Gone ward where regime forces have been stationed since late March, residents of the area told Myanmar Now.

“The perpetrators approached on a motorcycle, tossed a bomb, and fled. We heard that two people were injured, but we don’t know how seriously,” said one woman who lives nearby.

“The soldiers tried to shoot them, but they got away,” she added.

There were also unconfirmed reports of at least three other attacks in the city—two in downtown areas, and another in an industrial zone—but details were not available at the time of reporting.

On Tuesday morning, soldiers were seen conducting searches in three wards in Mandalay’s Chanmyathazi Township following an explosion the night before targeting the home of a woman accused of being a military informant.

The attacks and increased security measures by the regime come after the shadow National Unity Government declared war on the junta earlier in the day. 

Mandalay residents say that checkpoints that previously had just three guards now have five. All are heavily armed and on high alert, they said.

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