Insurgents attack capital’s military base in Myanmar

Last Updated on April 5, 2024 5:14 am

The People’s Democratic Front (PDF), a coalition of armed rebels against the military regime, has attacked a military base in Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar, with a series of ongoing wars in various provinces of the country. The National Unity Government (NAG), a coalition of the country’s anti-junta democratic and armed groups, has already issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack. BBC news

According to the statement, the attack was carried out by 29 explosive-laden drones on Thursday morning targeting the headquarters and base of the Myanmar Air Force in Nay Pyi Taw.

Two military officials, who did not want to reveal details about this, confirmed the truth of the attack to BBC Burmese and said that the army was able to shoot down 7 drones, and one drone hit the runway of the airbase before it was hit.
They did not want to give any information about the damage in the attack.

Myanmar’s state-controlled media have not yet reported on the attack. Private media, however, reported the attack.

In 1962, Myanmar’s military seized national power for the first time after overthrowing the then democratic government. Anti-military armed groups also emerged in the country since that time.

According to international political analysts, Thursday’s attack was the biggest in Myanmar since 1962 targeting military forces and their installations. A spokesman for the Naypyitaw branch of the Nagorno-Karabakh alliance said the attack was carried out by the People’s Defense Force (PDF) on the orders of the alliance’s defense department.

All the armed groups that oppose the junta in Myanmar are united under the name People’s Democratic Force.

Myanmar’s military seized national power after ousting the democratic government in a February 2021 coup, accusing it of rigging the November 2020 election. The coup was led by then army chief General Min Aung Hlaing.

In the coup, Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, including the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by her political party, the government’s cabinet, members of parliament, and political leaders were arrested and sent to prison.

Meanwhile, Myanmar’s pro-democracy population began to protest after the junta took power; But after that protest was suppressed by the military government, the anti-junta military groups started to rise again. In the meantime, the country’s anti-junta political parties formed a coalition called the National Unity Government (NAG). Armed groups formed PDF after unity with that coalition.

Since October 2022, the war with the PDF has started in various provinces of Myanmar, the junta forces. PDF has developed massive resistance in that war.

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