Myanmar Junta Troops Die in Chin State Clashes

By The Irrawaddy 4 May 2021

Four junta troops were killed when local resistance fighters attacked Myanmar military bases in Hakha, the capital of Chin State, on Monday, bringing the death toll of junta forces in Hakha to eight in just two days.

Civilian anti-regime fighters attacked a junta outpost at an intersection in Hakha around 11 pm on Monday, leaving four soldiers dead and more than 10 injured.

“The clash lasted for nearly an hour,” said a Hakha resident. It happened at the intersection of the roads leading to Falam in Chin State and Kale of Sagaing Region. The attack was carried out in retaliation for the junta’s arrest of anti-regime protesters.

Another Hakha resident said, “We told them that we would attack if they did not release the people detained on May 2. Take a look at the faces of the soldiers in the town, they are in complete despair”.

There were also clashes on Sunday and Monday at a military checkpoint in Hakha near the base of the Myanmar military’s Light Infantry Battalion 645. Four junta troops died in the fighting on Sunday evening.

On Sunday, local resistance fighters also ambushed military trucks in Tilin, Magwe Region which were on their way to reinforce junta soldiers in Mindat, Chin State. Both sides reportedly suffered casualties, but The Irrawaddy was not able to verify the reports independently.

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