Urban guerrillas fire grenades at military base in Yangon

Two Yangon-based urban guerrilla groups carried out an attack on a military base in the city’s Mingaladon Township on Saturday, according to the leader of one of the groups.

Yangon Federal Army (YFA) leader Kyaw Lay said that grenade launchers were used in the early morning assault, which targeted Infantry Battalion 82.

Multiple casualties were reported, he said, citing a member of the military who is acting as a secret informant for the anti-regime resistance.

“We attacked them using 40mm launchers at around 5am. Two soldiers were killed and four more were seriously injured, according to our inside sources,” he said.

Myanmar Now was unable to independently verify these claims.

According to Kyaw Lay, the attack was carried out in collaboration with the Civil Guerrilla Force Yangon (CGF-YGN), which released a statement on the incident on Saturday.

“The military was so scared that they turned off the lights and hid inside the building without shooting back, despite having taunted unarmed civilians to come challenge them,” the group said in its statement.

The two groups vowed to eradicate Myanmar’s military dictatorship once and for all, and also promised to protect civilians.

Last December, the temporary commander of IB 82, Maj Naing Bo Bo, was accused of ramming into a crowd of pedestrians during a crackdown on a flash mob protest in Yangon’s Kyimyindaing Township. Several people were killed and many others were arrested.

On May 5, YFA and CGF-YGN reportedly carried out another mission together targeting a military logistics unit stationed in South Okkalapa Township.

Saturday’s attack was part of an offensive dubbed “Operation Nan Hteik Aung,” which is under the direct supervision of the Yangon Region Military Command of Myanmar’s shadow National Unity Government. 

Resistance forces said that 10 junta bases were targeted over the course of three days—from April 8 to April 10—as part of this operation. 

Targets included the Mingaladon Air Force Base, which was hit with missiles, and a security outpost inside a generals’ residence on Inya Road in Kamaryut Township, according to a statement released on April 11.

The junta has not publicly commented on Operation Nang Hteik Aung.

Observers have noted that the military appears to be fortifying its positions in Yangon in response to these attacks, including by building two-storied bunkers on the sides of the city’s roads.

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