An alliance of seven local anti-junta guerrilla forces attacked a police station in Kan Htoo Ma village, Taze township, Sagaing region, early Wednesday morning, according to resistance members.
There were reportedly around 60 soldiers and police inside the station at the time of the ambush, which took place at 4:30 a.m. and lasted nearly an hour and a half, a local defense force member from Taze.
“First we started firing artillery shells, then we attacked them closely. We managed to gain the upper hand,” he told Myanmar Now. “They used RPG launchers and the shells hit the village several times,” he added, referring to the junta’s armed forces.
It was not known at the time of writing whether or how many villagers had been injured by the heavy weapons fire reported by the military.
The resistance alliance involved in the attack included groups from Taze and Mingin townships, including two under the National Unity Government’s People’s Defense Forces, as well as other local defense forces.
“We retreated right after attacking them. We could have come in and taken over the station but [we did not]because there might be landmines installed around the station and we didn’t want to lose anyone,” the Taze Defense Force member said.
The resistance group released a statement on Thursday saying that several junta members and two guerrilla fighters were injured in the incident.
About 20 troop reinforcements and members of the pro-military Pyu Saw Htee network arrived at the station on Wednesday evening and reportedly destroyed shops in Kan Htoo Ma on Thursday morning, according to the Taze defense force member who spoke with Myanmar Now.
Myanmar Now was unable to independently verify its statement at the time of writing the report.
The military council has sent more than 100 reinforcements to Taze, a known resistance stronghold, since early February.
Junta troops based in Taze have been linked to raids on villages in the northern part of the township that have included burning and destroying local homes, resistance forces said.
Several defense forces confirmed that the column was stationed in the village of Pu Tee for a week until Wednesday, and during this time the troops destroyed around 20 houses, as well as 10 others in the nearby village of Pay Chaung. Wednesday.
Defense force alliances have carried out frequent attacks on police stations and military bases in northwestern Myanmar in an attempt to oust the occupying junta.
One of these alliances attacked the Winmana police station in Kani township on February 5.
The soldiers reacted by carrying out Airstrikes on the villages of the neighboring cantons.
The junta spokesman was not available to comment on reports of violence.