Myanmar security forces backed by armored vehicles on Tuesday clashed with a newly formed militia group in Mandalay, the country’s second-biggest city, according to social media posts from the group and media reports.
Since the army seized power on February 1 and removed the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, the security forces have quashed protests opposing military rule. In response, groups of opponents of the coup known as people’s defense forces have sprung up across Myanmar.
Up to now, fighting involving lightly armed militias has been mainly confined to small towns and rural areas. But a group claiming to be Mandalay’s new People’s Defence Force said its members responded after the army raided one of its bases.