Nearly 50 Myanmar Junta Forces Killed in Two Raids by Civilian Fighters in Chin, Magwe

By The Irrawaddy 13 September 2021

Almost 50 junta soldiers and police were reportedly killed during two attacks by civilian resistance fighters on junta outposts in Chin State and Magwe Region on the weekend.

Civilian resistance fighters of the Chinland Defense Force seized and burned down a military outpost in Thantlang Township, Chin State on Saturday night.

Around 200 troops from a combined force of the Chinland Defense Force-Thantlang (CDF-T) and the Chin National Association (CNA) started attacking the military outpost in Lungler Village near the Indian border west of Thantlang on Friday.

The civilian resistance forces had to retreat from the firefight that day as they were bombarded by the junta’s jets, according to a statement from the CDF-T.

The CDF-T said they managed to seize the military outpost on Saturday night when 400 civilian resistance fighters attacked the outpost a second time.

Civilians prepare to move in order to avoid shootouts in Thantlang Township, Chin State in September. / TPAC-IDPs

During the firefight, 12 junta soldiers were killed and eight civilian resistance fighters were injured.

The CDF-T said they burned down the military outpost after seizing firearms and ammunition from the base camp.

Separately, a combined force from the Yaw-Defense Force (YDF) and Chin Defense Force-Mindat (CDF-M) raided a police outpost in Gangaw Township, Magwe Region early on Sunday morning.

At 2 a.m. on Sunday, five junta police officers were killed when the civilian resistance raided the police outpost in Minywar Village, located to the south of Gangaw. Three civilian resistance fighters were injured in the firefight.

A leader of CDF-Mindat told The Irrawaddy they had to attack the police outpost because many civilians in the area around Gangaw have been suppressed by junta forces.

Another 30 police reinforcements sent to the police outpost were killed during ambushes by civilian resistance fighters, according to a statement from the YDF.

However, The Irrawaddy was unable to independently confirm the police and military casualties.

Myanmar has seen growing and intense violence between junta troops and PDFs after the declaration of a people’s war against the regime by the civilian National Unity Government (NUG) on Sept. 7.

After the announcement, the military regime escalated not only its inspections and arrests but also its violence and raids including burning down villages across the country, especially in Sagaing and Magwe regions and Kayah State.

As of Saturday, 1,080 people had been killed by junta forces during their raids, crackdowns, arrests, interrogations and random shootings, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) said.

Almost, 8,050 people including elected government leaders have been detained by the junta or face arrest warrants.

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