Police are hit by bomb after pro-military rally in Meiktila

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At least four clashes erupted Tuesday between anti-junta Karenni resistance groups and the Burmese army in the townships of Demoso and Loikaw, in Kayah state, resulting in numerous military casualties.

Two of the fighting took place in and near the village of Dawpoesi in Demoso, as well as near the township police station, and one in the village of Pankan in Loikaw, with the Karenni National Defense Force (KNDF) working with the Karenni army in the fight against the army.

According to a KNDF statement, the clashes resulted in the death of five junta soldiers, and seven others wounded, as well as a member of the KNDF.

A spokesperson for the resistance group told Myanmar Now that two junta soldiers were killed and five others wounded in a clash in Dawpoesi on Tuesday morning. Another clash broke out at 3 p.m. between Karenni forces and soldiers occupying the Phan Khar Kone monastery near the village, injuring two other Burmese army soldiers.

A third battle took place near the Demoso Township police station two hours later, the spokesperson said. Two junta soldiers were reportedly killed after being hit by resistance-fired RPGs, and a KNDF member sustained minor injuries.

The Karenni coalition also attacked a military unit stationed near a monastery in Pankan village, Loikaw township on the same day, resulting in the death of a junta soldier.

The majority of the inhabitants of Demoso had already fled the canton due to the heavy military occupation and the intensification of clashes with resistance forces.

“Because the residents have not returned, there have been no civilian casualties yet,” the KNDF spokesperson said.

The military council has not issued a statement regarding the fighting in Demoso and Loikaw.

According to the KNDF, the army occupied strategic hills in Demoso township and sent heavy weapons to troops stationed there.

Demoso protesters first used muskets to retaliate against the junta after the military opened fire on unarmed protesters in April. Several Karenni armed resistance forces formed in the months that followed, fighting cooperatively against the Burmese army.

The army employed troops from Light Infantry Division (LID) 66 in Pekhon, southern Shan State – an area with a large Karenni ethnic population near the Kayah State border – to intensify attacks on local defense forces in the Karenni region.

Last month, Karenni coalition forces attacked a moving LID 66 convoy in Pekhon and the village of Konethar in Loikaw.

Pekhon’s military presence also includes Light Infantry Battalions 336 and 421, Military Operations Command No.7, and Engineer, Artillery and Signal Battalions regularly deployed against resistance groups operating in the state. by Kayah.


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