Burma

Myanmar Junta Troops Stationed at Offices and School Attacked in Chin State

By The Irrawaddy 14 July 2022

Resistance forces in Kanpetlet Township, Chin State, attacked Myanmar junta troops at a general administration department (GAD), education office and school on Monday and Tuesday, inflicting casualties.

The Chinland Defense Force (CDF) in Kanpetlet carried out a surprise attack on junta troops at the township GAD on Monday. “We don’t know the casualties in Monday’s attack. But we attacked junta troops at the education office and a school on Tuesday and killed two,” said a CDF spokesman.

The fighting on Monday and Tuesday lasted about three hours. CDF leaders said they only used light weapons to avoid civilian casualties.

The CDF said the attacks were in response to junta checks on town residents and the looting of vacated houses.

Markets were closed in Kanpetlet on Wednesday and residents stayed in their homes.

A resident told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday: “Everyone is concerned as there were clashes in the town for two consecutive days. There were no reports of civilian casualties. Residents dare not go out. I have not seen junta troops patrolling today. Perhaps they are concerned that they might be attacked.”

Last week resistance forces attacked junta troops in Kanpetlet. CDF guerillas attacked Division 55 troops in the town on June 11 and 12 to deter junta reinforcements. The regime reportedly suffered casualties.

The regime’s administrative mechanism has collapsed in Kanpetlet with resistance force taking control of more than 90 percent of the township and the regime only controlling the town. The CDF has also detained non-striking civil servants and sent them back to their homes.

Resistance forces have established parallel administrations in the villages, said CDF leaders.

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