The Karen National Union (KNU) claims its forces have seized a Myanmar junta base in Papun Township, Karen State, on Wednesday morning.
Brigade 5 of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), an armed wing of the KNU, attacked the Sa Law Kyo base at Khay Pu village tract, where 50 regime forces were stationed, the KNU said. Troops reportedly abandoned the base during the attack.
The outpost dates back to 2007 and was notorious for randomly shelling nearby villages.
The KNU reported junta casualties and said weapons and ammunition were seized at the base.
A KNU video shows KNLA troops with seized ammunition at the Sa Law Kyo base.
On Thursday two junta fighter jets bombed surrounding villages, said the KNU’s Mutraw office. No details on damage and casualties were reported.
Papun People’s Defense Force (PDF) said it and other resistance groups used drones to attack a junta-run general administrative department in Kamarmaung town, Papun Township, while regime officials were meeting in the building.
Soe Min, a junta-appointed ward administrator, was killed and others injured in the drone strike, said PDF.
The group said the drone strike was a warning to civil servants working for the regime who had failed to comply with repeated KNU instructions to quit their jobs.
On Sunday, resistance groups conducted drone strikes on the Myawaddy District General Administrative Department in Karen State, reportedly killing five regime officials, including the district administrator and a battalion commander.
Eleven police officers, including a superintendent, were purportedly injured.
Since the February 2021 coup, the KNU has trained and armed thousands of activists, many of whom have joined PDFs under the command of the civilian National Unity Government.
The KNU and its resistance allies are carrying out increasingly ambitious attacks on regime targets in Karen and Mon states and Bago and Tanintharyi regions.