Burma

Ten Myanmar Junta Troops ‘Killed’ in Kayah State Fighting 

By The Irrawaddy 14 June 2022

Approximately 10 junta soldiers were reportedly killed and their weapons seized on Sunday in Hpruso Township, Kayah State. 

Regime soldiers were moving from Hpruso to Demoso and Loikaw townships when the Karenni Army, Karenni Nationalities Defense Force (KNDF), Loikaw Peoples Defense Force (PDF) and Demoso PDF attacked on June 10 at Daw Nyun Ku and Hti Pout So villages.

The KNDF told The Irrawaddy that fighting is ongoing.

 Not less than 10 soldiers were killed and their weapons seized. Three resistance fighters were lightly injured,” said a KNDF representative.

 Eight rifles, bullets, bombs, landmines and Light Infantry Battalion 66 and police uniforms were shown in KNDF pictures. 

 The KNDF said regime artillery destroyed a Baptist church and troops looted houses in the Dawnyayku and Htipautso villages, where they were stationed.

 Karenni resistance fighters claimed to have killed junta soldiers and destroyed three military trucks and seized two others containing weapons in Hpruso on June 3 when they attacked a convoy.

 Kayah fighting began more than a year ago with the junta regularly using airstrikes and artillery. A majority of the states 200,000 residents have been displaced.

 In May there were about 61 battles reported in the state, approximately 107 junta troops killed and five resistance fighters seized. Less than 10 resistance fighters were killed during the month, the KNDF said on June 2.

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