Resistance Group Strikes Regime Soldiers in Yesagyo Town
At least 10 junta troops were killed in Yesagyo Township, Magwe Region, during a clash with a resistance group, according to the Myingyan Black Tiger (MBT) People’s Defense Force (PDF), which conducted the attack. The resistance group targeted the regime soldiers in the center of Yesagyo Town after they had attempted to arrest two members of the resistance. One resistance fighter was detained after being shot, and the injured fighter was used as bait by the junta forces to ambush his comrades during a rescue attempt. However, the regime soldiers abandoned their plan upon learning that a large group of PDF fighters was en route to rescue their colleague. The injured fighter was eventually moved to a hospital and then to the office of the General Administration Department, prompting the PDF to plan a raid.
Coordinated Attack and Military Casualties
The MBT launched a multi-pronged attack on the office, with two columns of fighters targeting the office from different sides while three other columns blockaded the town at various locations. The PDF claimed that 10 regime troops were killed, but independent confirmation of military casualties was not available. In a subsequent development, regime soldiers killed the injured and detained MBT fighter, shooting him in the head and disposing of his body in the nearby Chindwin River. The PDF reported that the fighter had been tortured before being killed. Military informants also informed the PDF that a GPS device had been placed on the deceased fighter’s body to track his whereabouts. As a precaution, the PDF cremated the fighter’s body on Friday morning. Meanwhile, additional Myanmar military columns were gathering near MBT’s headquarters, heightening tensions in the region.
Pride in Sacrifice and Further Clashes
MBT leader Bo Mike Khe expressed sadness over the loss of their comrade but emphasized their pride in his sacrifice. He stated that the death of their comrade strengthened their resolve to fight against the regime forces that have brought trouble to the entire country. Bo Mike Khe added that they were not discouraged by the loss and were prepared to confront the military detachments approaching their base. In a separate incident on Thursday, the Yesagyo PDF ambushed military vehicles using mines, resulting in the death of at least three soldiers and several injuries, according to the Yesagyo PDF.