On Friday, Chinland Defense Force (CDF) launched an attack on a State Administration Council (SAC) camp in southern Chin State during a failed attempt to seize their camp outside the town of Matupi.
“There were more soldiers at the camp than our troops,” explained a CDF information officer. Nonetheless, they seized the opportunity to inflict damage during the 9 am attack, he said, and killed seven of their soldiers, including a captain before safely retreating. Captain Phyo Min Htet was identified as one of the deceased. The resistance also captured 2 MA-3 rifles and an MA-5 pistol.
It is unclear how many injuries the enemy sustained, but CDF came away without any casualties, the officer said. Three ambulances were seen carting off the wounded SAC soldiers to the hospital in the town.
“We plan to increase our military activities in Matupi Township, which is why we attacked the Burma army’s camp. We will launch an offensive operation and seize their camps in Matupi Township,” the officer explained.
Prior to the military coup, the army had a checkpoint at the location where the camp now stands, situated on the Matupi to Mindat road, to demand money from motorists.
The group called on SAC soldiers and police to surrender to them in a statement on December 1.
The officer urged civilians in Matupi town and villages to be vigilant and avoid unnecessary travel in these days.