During the junta’s Anawrahta offensive in Chin State, which it named after the first Bamar king who ruled from 1044-77 AD, the Chin resistance claimed to kill many soldiers during at least nine clashes that took place over the weekend with junta troops.
The regime has already moved thousands of troops and weapons into Chin State to crush resistance groups after they inflicted many causalities against the Burma Army (BA) since taking up arms in May.
Salai Htet Ni, spokesperson for the Chin National Front (CNF), whose armed wing, the Chin National Army (CNA), fights alongside the Chinland Defence Forces (CDF), said six BA soldiers were killed and three rifles recovered after the CNA and CDF attacked a military camp in Matupi Township on 5 November.
On the same day, clashes broke out between Chin groups and the army near Kanady Mountain between Alwe and Sozan villages in Tedim Township.
The CNF spokesperson couldn’t say whether there were any casualties in the fighting.
The CDF said they killed 25 soldiers in several attacks on military columns on the road from Mindat to Matupi in southern Chin State on 4 November.
According to an officer from CDF, they killed at least 20 soldiers and wounded many others at Milepost 43 after a truck they were hiding under drove away exposing them, he said.
In another area about 32 km from Kanpetlet, CDF killed 5 BA soldiers and wounded others before forcing the army to withdraw.
“They’re based in Kyatwee and our troops are outside the town. The fighting started when they entered our area,” a CDF commander told Khonumthung News. He said many BA soldiers died after 30 soldiers on motorbikes entered an area controlled by CDF in Mindat Township and a three-hour firefight ensued. The military was forced to retreat.
Fighting also broke out in Hakha and Matupi.
Two Chin fighters were lightly injured in Thangtlang, in the township of the same name on 5 November. The next day junta forces attacked houses and an orphanage in the third
assault on the town.
“They burnt houses in Ward 3 at around 5:30am today. We can confirm that four houses and
three orphanages were destroyed by soldiers,” a resident of Khonumthung town told
Khonumthung News. Some were destroyed by artillery fire, others were set on fire by soldiers.
Between 18 September and 5 November, the military destroyed over 190 buildings in Thangtlang town. After the first attack, residents fled to the Indian border.
After the first attack by the soldiers on Thangtlang, the residents fled to the Indian border.