SAGAING DIVISION – After the junta council troops suffered major losses in the June 15 battle at Tamu Township, the junta council sent two fighter jets to bomb Panthar Village in the township, said Tamu residents.
Two junta jets are said to have bombed the village at 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday (June 17) night.
As there were fighter jets taking off and landing at Nay Pyi Taw Air Base around that time, it can be concluded that the fighter jets that bombed Panthar Village took off from Nay Pyi Taw, according to data collected by channels observing junta flights.
“One bomb landed inside the village and another landed outside. Our comrades were not harmed. We don’t know yet the situation inside the village,” said a member of PDF supply troops.
People’s Defence Force (PDF) attacked the junta and Pyu Saw Htee camp at Panthar Village on June 15 morning and around 20 junta soldiers and Pyu militants were killed in battle. According to some Tamu residents, the Pyu leader from Panthar Village was among those that were killed.
“We heard a lot of Pyu thugs died. Initial reports mentioned that only about five died but latest updates put the number at around 20,” said a resident.
Junta casualties cannot be independently confirmed.
After the battle, the military situation is said to be tense in Panthar Village and there are also reports that civilians are trapped inside. The member of PDF supply troops shared that the PDF members have been helping the residents, who wish to leave to safety, escape.
Panthar Village is a village with high Pyu Saw Htee influence. It is said that some of the residents who contacted the PDF for help to leave the village were also family members of Pyu militants but PDF troops have helped them escape as well.