The Chin resistance captured several camps from State Administration Council (SAC) along the border with India in northern Chin State.
Salai Htet Ni, spokesperson of Chin National Front/Chin National Army (CNF/CNA), told Radio Free Asia that his groups and Chinland Defence Forces from Hualngoram and Thangtlang, as well as local defense groups, seized SAC’s hilltop camp in Ward 1 of Rihkhawdar on Monday morning and the second one in Ward 2 by the evening.
The groups started attacking the camps in the town in Falam Township the day before.
Some Chin fighters were killed in battle, Salai Htet Ni said, without specifying how many, and 10 Chin fighters were wounded.
He said that at least 5 SAC soldiers were killed while 7 surrendered, including a major.
Other enemy soldiers fled to India’s Mizoram State. The purpose of the offensive was to cut off border trade for SAC, depriving them of vital income, the spokesperson explained.
Shelling fired by SAC reportedly killed a displaced person in India as well as wounded a child and an adult. In Rihkhawdar, 10 civilians were wounded by a regime airplane and other artillery.
Many people in the town fled to Mizoram State to escape the fighting.
Many armed groups opposed to the regime have been seizing SAC bases and towns across Burma after Three Brotherhood’s Alliance launched its 1027 Operation on October 27.