PDF Captures POW During Fighting In Taninthari

By Network Media Group
Wednesday, May 17, 2023

In southern Burma, the People’s Defence Forces (PDF) fought regime troops for hours, capturing a prisoner of war and wounding six of their own soldiers near the Myeik – Dawei Union Highway in Taninthari Region.

“We heard gunfire exchanged in the early morning,” said a 40-year-old local who wished to remain anonymous.

Fighting broke out from 4:30am and 8:30am on 14 May, but the regime’s Infantry Battalion 285, based in Palaw town, and other troops in Pala area fired 20 shells into Pawit Kon, Kade and Thingyan Taw in Nan Tawng village tract until the afternoon.

All of residents fled Burma army offensives some time ago.

Regime troops are staying in two Buddhist monasteries in Pawit Kon village, where there is a checkpoint that’s frequently attacked by resistance fighters.

On 11 May, PDF fighters laid a landmine ambush on two trucks carrying over 40 regime fighters between Htamin Masar and Nan Payok. The soldiers were travelling from Palaw Myoma police station to Palauk town.

An officer from PDF Battalion 1 for Myeik District told NMG that the regime has expanded its patrols in Palaw Township as fighting has increased following the reimposition of martial law on 2 February.