Mawlamyine, June (30)

The detonation of the Kyoneik Bridge on the Yangon-Mawlamyine highway aimed at cutting off the supply route of the military council, said the chairman of KNU’s Allied Oversight Committee.

The allied resistance forces detonated Kyoneik Bridge on the Yangon-Mawlamyine highway near Shwe Yaung Pya village between Mon State’s Thaton and Belin townships around 4:30 a.m. on June 29, destroying half of the bridge and making it difficult for vehicles to pass.

Colonel Saw Kyaw Myint, chairman of KNU’s Allied Oversight Committee, said, “This route links Yangon to Mawlamyine, Hpa-an, Myawaddy, Dawei, and Ye. We destroyed the bridge with the aim of cutting off the military council’s supply route”.

At least three people, including departmental officers, were killed and 26 others were injured in the blast.

The revolutionary forces dropped 10 bombs by drones on regime troops and department officials who came to check on the collapse of the bridge, causing many more deaths.

An assistant director of Thaton’s Road Department and a staff of administrative office were killed in the drone attack, while a lawyer was also killed in the bridge explosion.

The attack injured 26 soldiers, police and departmental officials including Colonel Aung Aung Hein, four of whom were in critical condition.

The Kyoneik Bridge connects Yangon, Hpa-an, Mawlamyine, and Myawaddy. Following the bridge explosion, only small cars could cross the bridge, and hundreds of trucks were stranded. The military regime has now tightened security, and preparations are underway to repair the bridge.

Meanwhile, the junta battalions are continuously firing artillery shells into the villages controlled by the KNU in Thaton District.

Military analysts believe that this incident could intensify the fighting in Mon State’s Thaton District.

News – Than Lwin Times

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