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Myanmar's military-ruled capital attacked by drones

By Jonathan Head & BBC Burmese

The opposition in Myanmar says it ordered a mass drone attack on the country’s embattled military in the capital Nay Pyi Taw.

The National Unity Government (NUG) said 29 drones armed with explosives targeted the airport, air force base and military headquarters.

The military has told BBC Burmese they shot down seven drones, with one exploding on the airport runway.

No casualties were reported, officials said.

The NUG represents the elected civilian government previously led by Aung San Suu Kyi that was toppled by the coup in 2021.

Since then it and other opposition groups have been fighting the junta regime, which has begun losing large areas of the country to resistance fighters.

The country’s three-year civil war has killed thousands and displaced about 2.6 million people according to the UN.

Thursday morning’s attack on the capital marks another bold, and rare incursion by the resistance groups who are mounting an increasingly effective opposition to the junta.

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