Urban guerrilla forces strike several junta targets in Yangon explosive attacks

Urban guerrilla groups in Yangon claimed responsibility for explosions at six junta-linked locations around the commercial capital on Tuesday evening. 

Among the targets were a communications and public relations office in Bahan Township, the immigration department and the central police station in Hlaing Tharyar township, the township court in South Okkalapa, and a checkpoint in Thanlyin township. 

A total of 12 bombs were used in the attacks, which were carried out between 8pm and midnight, according to a statement released by the resistance groups involved. 

Two bombs were detonated at both the police station and the court, with a third explosive set off as junta soldiers arrived to inspect the South Okkalapa site, according to a man close to the Anonymous Fighters Force, one of the guerrilla groups involved in the strike.

“They detonated the third bomb after the junta forces arrived in cars and were conducting an investigation,” the source said. 

Also collaborating were the Freeland Attack Force, the Phoenix Urban Guerrilla Force, Emerald Girls Army and the Rangoon Urban Force. 

Moe Gyo, the spokesperson for the Yangon outfit of the publicly mandated National Unity Government’s (NUG) southern military command, confirmed Tuesday’s attacks. 

“Urban guerrilla groups did it,” he said. “The people are going to keep revolting against the junta dictatorship. [The regime] should know by now that they are not accepted by the people. These military actions against the junta are only going to gain more momentum in the future.” 

The resistance forces involved claimed that three junta personnel were injured in the blasts. Myanmar Now was unable to verify this figure, or whether there were casualties.

Pro-junta channels on social media platform Telegram reported that explosions went off at the aforementioned spots, noting that the Hlaing Tharyar police station was hit at 9pm and two more bombs went off at the South Okkalapa township court 15 minutes later. 

The NUG claimed in early June to have formed a new battalion aimed at escalating military actions against the regime in Yangon, and restricted public access to several roads connecting the region to Bago and Mon and Karen states starting from July 1.

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