Martial law has been declared in several areas of military-run Myanmar, a day after authorities announced that a state of emergency has been extended throughout the country.
Myanmar Millitary junta Declares Martial Law in 37 More Townships
Myanmar's State Administration Council has declared martial law in 37 towns of four regions and four states in the Southeast Asian country.
According to the council's orders issued on Thursday night, the 37 towns are 11 from Sagaing region, seven from Chin state, five each from Magway and Bago regions, four from Kayah state, two each from Taninthayi region and Kayin state and one from Mon state respectively.
The council gave the administrative and judicial power to commanders of respective military commands to perform security, maintain the rule of law and tranquility, the council said in a statement.
The move came one day after the country extended the state of emergency for six more months.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since a 2021 coup ousted Aung San Suu Kyi's government, and a subsequent crackdown on dissent has sparked fighting across swathes of the nation.
The latest announcement signals the junta is looking for new ways to stamp out resistance in areas where anti-coup fighters are active.
The Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper said the expansion was done "to exercise more effective undertakings for ensuring security, the rule of law and local peace and tranquillity".