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The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) shot down a Myanmar military helicopter as it was conducting air strikes in Momauk, Kachin State at around 10 a.m. on Monday, KIA information officer Colonel Naw Bu confirmed to The Irrawaddy.

“It happened at around 10:20 a.m. today. The attack on the gunship scared away two fighter jets accompanying the helicopter,” he said.

A local resident confirmed the crash. “The aircraft crashed after being hit in its tail rotor. I saw smoke spewing from it. It landed near Konglaw Village. We have heard loud gunfire since morning along with continuous artillery fire. The situation is not good,” said the witness.

Military tensions have been running high between Myanmar’s military junta and the ethnic Kachin armed group in Momauk since April 11, with the former using aircraft to bomb KIA outposts.

At around 2 a.m. on April 29 the KIA launched an artillery attack on Bhamo Airport, which military choppers use to take off and land.

The fighting in Momauk surrounds Alaw Bum base on a hill on the Chinese border. The hill, located on the route to the KIA’s headquarters, is strategically important for gaining the military upper hand over areas between Bhamo and Myitkyina.

Myanmar’s military has been attempting to retake the hill since the KIA seized it from the former on March 25.

More than 5,000 people from 10 villages have been displaced by the fighting in Momauk.

 
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Has there been any spillovers into Bangladesh??
 

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Has there been any spillovers into Bangladesh??

Yes. Intrusion by Rohingyas increased three times in last two months after Myanmar junta released 600 Rohingyas from prison. Border Guard Bangladesh doubled patrol on Bangladesh-Myanmar border. According to them total 133 were pushed-back by BGB this year. (104 Rohingyas in March-April).

29 Burmese people tried to intrude in BD on January 16 and February 13, 56 people in March and 48 people were sent back to Mynamar by BGB in April. But according armed police battalion (APBn) 31 Rohingyas still managed to intrude and take shelter in Cox's Bazar refugee camp.

(Sorry couldn't find any report in English)

https://www.banglatribune.com/678847/ফের-আসছে-রোহিঙ্গারা-কঠোর-অবস্থানে-বিজিবি
 

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Yes. Intrusion by Rohingyas increased three times in last two months after Myanmar junta released 600 Rohingyas from prison. Border Guard Bangladesh doubled patrol on Bangladesh-Myanmar border. According to them total 133 were pushed-back by BGB this year. (104 Rohingyas in March-April).

29 Burmese people tried to intrude in BD on January 16 and February 13, 56 people in March and 48 people were sent back to Mynamar by BDG in April. But according armed police battalion (APBn) 31 Rohingyas still managed to intrude and take shelter in Cox's Bazar refugee camp.

(Sorry couldn't find any report in English)

https://www.banglatribune.com/678847/ফের-আসছে-রোহিঙ্গারা-কঠোর-অবস্থানে-বিজিবি

Interesting this sort of news never comes to mainstream which is a shame people dont realise such chaos can spill onto neighbouring countries.

Not to mention myanmar wants to have war with Bangladesh.
 

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Four junta troops were killed when local resistance fighters attacked Myanmar military bases in Hakha, the capital of Chin State, on Monday, bringing the death toll of junta forces in Hakha to eight in just two days.

Civilian anti-regime fighters attacked a junta outpost at an intersection in Hakha around 11 pm on Monday, leaving four soldiers dead and more than 10 injured.

“The clash lasted for nearly an hour,” said a Hakha resident. It happened at the intersection of the roads leading to Falam in Chin State and Kale of Sagaing Region. The attack was carried out in retaliation for the junta’s arrest of anti-regime protesters.

Another Hakha resident said, “We told them that we would attack if they did not release the people detained on May 2. Take a look at the faces of the soldiers in the town, they are in complete despair”.

There were also clashes on Sunday and Monday at a military checkpoint in Hakha near the base of the Myanmar military’s Light Infantry Battalion 645. Four junta troops died in the fighting on Sunday evening.

On Sunday, local resistance fighters also ambushed military trucks in Tilin, Magwe Region which were on their way to reinforce junta soldiers in Mindat, Chin State. Both sides reportedly suffered casualties, but The Irrawaddy was not able to verify the reports independently.

 

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Chin Resistance Fighters Kill Nine Myanmar Junta Soldiers​

By THE IRRAWADDY 5 May 2021

Nine junta troops have died between Sunday and Tuesday in Hakha, the capital of Chin State, as civilian resistance fighters stepped up attacks.

Four junta troops at a military checkpoint in Hakha near the Light Infantry Battalion 645 headquarters died in an attack on Sunday evening. And four more died in attacks on a junta outpost at an intersection on Monday, said the Chinland Defence Force in Hakha.

Another soldier died in an attack near the military-owned Innwa Bank in the town on Tuesday night. The attacks by civilians are mostly “hit-and-run” operations, said the armed group.

“It happened at around 8.30 pm during an electricity blackout. I heard 15 to 20 shots. A soldier died,” said a Hakha resident.

The Chinland Defence Force said it attacked the outpost near Innwa Bank because it was near a key junction. The military did not block the road on Wednesday morning after the attack.

The regime has not reported the attacks in Hakha in the newspapers it controls.

 

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Nearly 200 Myanmar military troops, including a colonel and a lieutenant colonel, were killed in clashes between the regime’s troops and the military wing of the Karen National Union (KNU) in Karen State.

Military tension has risen in Hpapun area, Shwe Kyin and Thaton Districts, in Karen and Bago regions after the military wing of the KNU, Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) Brigade 5 seized an outpost near the Salween River in Thi Mu Hta held by the military’s Light Infantry Division 349 on March 27.

KNU Brigade 5 also overran a military border post on the banks of the Salween River in Thaw Le Hta, near the border with Thailand’s Mae Hong Song Province on April 27.

From March 27 to early May, 194 soldiers were killed and another 220 soldiers from Myanmar military were wounded in clashes. Nine soldiers from the KNLA were killed and 10 were injured, a spokesperson for the KNU’s 5th Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Saw Kler Doh, told local news outlet Karen Information Center.

During one month, the military launched 27 airstrikes into the KNU Brigade 5 area, fired 47 artillery shells, and there were 407 clashes between the two sides, said Lt. Col. Saw Kler Doh.

Moreover, Brigade 5 recorded that the military fired 575 artillery shells into local villages and farmland. The air raid killed 14 civilians, wounded 28 people and destroyed 20 houses and two schools.

Currently, the military has been reinforcing its troops in these areas, according to KNU.

Last month, Lt. Col, Saw Kler Doh told The Irrawaddy that the KNLA’s attacks are to show support for civilians and the newly-formed National Unity Government set up by elected lawmakers from the ousted National League for Democracy (NLD) government.

Recently, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimated that about 40,000 people have fled their homes in Papun District in Karen State and Shwe Kyin, Kyaukkyi and Nyaunglebin Townships in Bago Region, following the coup and military airstrikes in the areas. An estimated 1,000 refugees – mostly the elderly, the sick, women and children – have taken refuge in Thailand.

 

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Country has a coup, protests and now armed clashes.

This Myanmar internal conflict has everything.
 

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Myanmar’s shadow government formed the People’s Defense Force on Wednesday in an effort to end the junta’s violence against the people of Myanmar.

The National Unity Government (NUG) said in its statement that it has a responsibility to end the military regime’s violence and 70 years of civil war.

The NUG was formed by legally-elected lawmakers to rival the military junta after the Feb. 1 coup.

The NUG also said it has a responsibility to transform the security sector and to establish the Federal Union Army.

It has formed the People’s Defense Force (PDF) as the precursor of Federal Union Army, the NUG said in its statement on Wednesday.

Detailed information about the formation of the People’s Defense Force will be announced later, deputy defense minister Daw Khin Ma Ma Myo of the NUG told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday.

She said the main task of the PDF is to protect the lives and property of people and the Federal Union.

“This is the state force of the NUG to subdue the junta forces [currently] committing war crimes and crimes on people,” she said.

Following the February coup, the military regime has been using lethal weapons including live ammunition, automatic weapons, hand grenades and heavy explosives to attack peaceful anti-regime protesters, labeling them as “rioters.” The military’s deadly crackdown came after the regime faced huge daily protests nationwide.

As of Tuesday, more than 760 people have been slain by the junta forces during their crackdowns, arrests, interrogation, raids and random shootings, according to Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).

During their crackdowns and raids, the junta police and soldiers have committed crimes, destroying civilians’ belongings including vehicles, motorbikes and houses. They have stolen motorbikes, phones, money, foods, chickens and pigs.

Faced with the deadly violence on the part of junta forces, people across the country have formed defense units on a self-help basis and have been conducting defensive actions against the military troops trying to conduct crackdowns or raids.

In several townships of Sagaing, Magawe Regions and Chin State, people are resisting the junta troops by taking up the homemade percussion lock firearms and slingshots.

The NUG government said that it has already been in discussions with those community forces about the fight against the military regime.

 
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TNLA, MNDAA Claim to Have Killed Dozens of Myanmar Junta Troops in Shan State​

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Soldiers from the TNLA and MNDAA pose with weapons seized from the Myanmar military in Kutkai Township on Wednesday. / Kokang123 / VK

The Myanmar military reportedly suffered heavy casualties during fierce clashes with members of the Northern Alliance in multiple locations in northern Shan State on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A combined force of Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) fighters launched attacks on the Myanmar military’s 99th Light Infantry Division and Infantry Battalion 45 in Kutkai Township on Tuesday. The attack came after fierce fighting between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and regime troops in the township’s Manlon Village.

The TNLA and MNDAA announced that they jointly launched attacks on the Myanmar military to help their Alliance partner the KIA, as well as to defend themselves, as the junta has been reinforcing its troops in their areas of activity. The Northern Alliance groups the TNLA, MNDAA, KIA and the Arakan Army (AA).

Fighting between the KIA and regime troops in northern Shan and Kachin states has intensified since the junta killed two anti-coup protesters in Myitkyina in March. Soon after the coup, the KIA refused to recognize the junta and warned it not to harm anti-coup protesters in Kachin State.

The KIA seized a strategic base in Montauk Township and stormed more than a dozen military and police outposts in Kachin’s Waimaw, Momauk, Hpakant, Tanai, Mogaung, Shwegu and Injangyang townships. It has also threatened to step up its attacks if the junta continues to shoot peaceful protesters across the country.

According to a local resident, more than two dozen Myanmar military (or Tatmadaw) troops were killed and many weapons were seized by the TNLA and MNDAA during the clashes in Kutkai.

The TNLA and MNDAA said many Tatmadaw soldiers were killed during the clashes, while claiming they didn’t suffer any casualties.

They said the combined force seized weapons from regime troops after intense fighting lasting for two hours on Wednesday in Manpan Village, Kutkai Township.

Myanmar’s Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services had not made any announcement relating to clashes in northern Shan State as of Thursday afternoon.

In late March, the TNLA, MNDAA and AA condemned the military junta and warned they would join forces with all ethnic people in fighting against the regime if its brutal killing of anti-coup protesters continued.

The TNLA, MNDAA and AA warned the military that they would collaborate with other ethnic armed organizations and democracy supporters to defend themselves from the regime’s brutal crackdowns if the violence continued.

Prior to the coup, alliance members had been negotiating individual bilateral agreements between each member and the military to cease fighting, and declared a unilateral ceasefire in support of the negotiations. After the military coup, they extended their unilateral ceasefire until March 31.

After issuing their joint warning statement to military, the groups have not responded

to the military’s latest announcement of an extension of its unilateral ceasefire until the end of May.

Fighting also intensified on Thursday morning between the KIA and regime troops in Myothit Village in Kachin State’s Momauk Township, according to local residents.


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More than 80 officers and other ranks have left the Air Force since Myanmar’s military seized power in a Feb. 1 coup.

Captain Lin Htet Aung from Defence Services Academy Intake 54 confirmed reports on social media that over 80 officers and other ranks have left the Air Force. Hundreds of soldiers from infantry units have also joined the civil disobedience movement (CDM), he said.

“More than 10 officers from the Air Force have joined the CDM. The highest ranking of them are captains,” said Captain Lin Htet Aung who is also on strike.

The officers and other ranks who have left come from air bases and aviation communication units in Yangon, Mandalay, Ayeyarwady regions and Kachin State.

“Some have fled because they have committed offences. Others have joined the CDM of their own volition,” Captain Lin Htet Aung said.

Their departure could have a negative impact on the administrative functions of the air force, said the captain. The reports of airmen leaving the Air Force come after a military gunship was shot down by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in Momauk, Kachin State on Monday. The three airmen on board died in the crash.

Military analysts suggested that the incident will deter regime jet fighters from launching attacks from the same altitude that the gunship was flying at when it was shot down. The regime’s jets will have to fly at a higher altitude, which makes it more difficult for them to hit targets on the ground.

“The junta has to carry out airstrikes because it can’t beat the KIA in ground warfare. So if the helicopter was shot down while flying at an altitude of 10,000 feet, the jets will have to fly at a higher altitude when launching attacks. That will reduce the precision of their bombing,” said one analyst.

The analysts suggested also that the morale of Myanmar’s military seems to be declining, as their soldiers were easily defeated when the KIA and the Karen National Liberation Army attacked military outposts in Kachin and Karen states in the past few weeks.

The National Unity Government, a shadow government formed to rival the military regime, announced on Wednesday that it has established the People’s Defence Force, a move signaling its desire to step up armed resistance against the junta which has killed some 760 civilians since the coup.

 

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VIDEO: KNLA and AA occupy Myanmar military outpost

May 7, 2021

The Karen National Liberation Army occupied Myanmar military’s Eu Thu Hta outpost in Karen State’s Papun District and seized ammunition, including mortar grenades, on Friday. Arakan Army troops based in the area joined the attack. Junta soldiers escaped to other military outposts.

 

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The Myanmar military has reportedly suffered further heavy casualties during fierce clashes with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in multiple locations across Kachin State on Thursday.

Fighting between the KIA and the regime’s soldiers has intensified in Momauk, Mohnyin, Bhamo and Waimaw Townships since last week.

KIA Information Officer Colonel Naw Bu claimed that the KIA witnessed more than 30 soldiers killed and 80 seriously injured after regime fighter jets mistakenly dropped bombs and fired guns at their own troops in Momauk Township.

There have been several air raids in Momauk Township since mid-March, after the KIA seized a strategic hilltop base in Alaw Bum near the border with China from the Myanmar military.

Col. Naw Bu said that more than 200 junta troops were injured and several killed in other clashes in three locations in Mohnyin, Shwegu and Momauk Townships on Thursday.

However, Col. Naw Bu did not reveal the KIA’s casualty figures.

The KIA attacked a military convoy in Mohnyin Township with remote mines, resulting in dozens of regime troops being injured. Two ships carrying reinforcements and supplies for regime soldiers in Shwegu Township were also attacked by the KIA on Thursday night.

“Many troops were injured and some of them were killed during the attack,” Col. Naw Bu said.

Myanmar’s Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services had not made any announcements relating to the fighting in Kachin State as of Friday afternoon.

Since Friday morning, there has been renewed fighting in the Salaung Kone and Alaw Bum areas in Momauk Township, the KIA said.

Clashes between the KIA and regime troops in Kachin and northern Shan states have intensified since the junta killed two anti-coup protesters in the Kachin capital Myitkyina in March. Soon after the junta’s coup, the KIA refused to recognize the military regime and warned it not to harm anti-coup protesters in Kachin State.

Subsequently, the KIA seized a strategic base in Montauk Township and stormed more than a dozen military and police outposts in Kachin State’s Waimaw, Momauk, Hpakant, Tanai, Mogaung, Shwegu and Injangyang townships. It has also threatened to step up its attacks if the junta continues to shoot peaceful protesters across the country.

 

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Myanmar’s Karen insurgents burn another government outpost​


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BANGKOK (AP) — Guerrilla soldiers from Myanmar’s Karen ethnic minority burned down a government military outpost on Friday after capturing it without a fight when its garrison fled, a senior Karen officer said.

The position is approximately 15 kilometers (nine miles) from a larger camp that the Karen National Liberation Army stormed and burned 10 days earlier. The KNLA is the armed wing of the Karen National Union, the main political organization representing the Karen minority, whose homeland is in eastern Myanmar.

The Karen and the Kachin in northern Myanmar are the two major ethnic armed organizations that have allied themselves with the movement against the junta that took power in Myanmar after the army ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi in February.

The role of the ethnic fighting groups has become more important as the number of people joining street protests in Myanmar’s cities and towns has declined, in large part due to deadly violence increasingly used by security forces to suppress them. Hundreds of demonstrators and bystanders have died.

There is now daily fighting between the government and the military forces of the Karen and the Kachin.

A shadow National Unity Government formed by the junta’s foes announced this week the formation of a “People’s Defense Force” intended to serve as a precursor to a “Federal Union Army” of democratic forces including ethnic minorities, underlining the major rule they may play.

Video provided to The Associated Press showed KNLA soldiers on Friday inside the U Thu Hta base -– a group of wooden buildings and trenches cut into a forest -– inspecting mortar shells left behind by the government military. The camp is close to the Salween River, which marks the border with Thailand.

“Yesterday our troops fired a few shots and today when we approached there was no one there, so we just entered,” KNLA Maj. Gen. Ner Dah Mya said by phone Friday.

Fighting between the guerrillas and the Myanmar army has been increasing since last year but escalated after the military’s seizure of power.

The Karen National Union has been fighting for greater autonomy for the region for decades. It has denounced the February coup and given shelter to opposition supporters evading arrest. As well as confronting the army on the battlefield, the KNLA has reportedly been training hundreds of young activists from the cities in the rudiments of guerrilla warfare.

The attack raised the likelihood of retaliatory air strikes by the Myanmar military and a surge of refugees trying to flee into Thailand. Myanmar military jets have launched around 30 attacks since the end of March, targeting Karen villages as well as KNLA positions, according to aid groups active in the area.

Several thousand people crossed the Salween River into Thailand in April but Thai authorities insisted they go back to Myanmar.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said last week that 40,000 people have been newly displaced in Karen territory by intensified fighting between the government and the KNLA, and by “indiscriminate attacks” by Myanmar’s army on civilian areas.

Many of the displaced villagers have been hiding out in jungles, caves and valleys.

 

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Civilian Resistance Forces Kill at Least 16 of Myanmar Junta’s Troops​

At least 16 military troops were reportedly killed and several were wounded during a series of shootouts with civilian resistance forces of Kani Township, Sagaing Region on Thursday and Friday, according to local residents.

On Friday, about five shootouts between junta troops and civilian resistance forces of Kani Township occurred when the troops, vowing retribution, conducted searches for civilian forces who had attacked the troops on May 6.

A member of civilian resistance force of Kani told The Irrawaddy that three shootouts occurred in the forest along the Monywa-Kalaywa highway on Friday. Two more shootouts occurred at Kyauklonegyi Mountain near Chaungma village and at a forest near Thaminchan village in the township.

During the shootouts, junta troops used heavy explosives, making use of drones to locate the civilian forces.

In the shootouts at Kyauklonegyi Mountain, at least eight military troops were killed and several were wounded. About seven members of the civilian resistance force were killed, the source told The Irrawaddy.

In Thursday’s clashes, about eight military troops and two villagers who fought back against the junta’s force were reportedly killed, according to local residents.

However, The Irrawaddy was not able to confirm the causalities of both sides independently.

“We will keep fighting them until our elected civilian government returns,” a member of Kani’s civilian resistance force said.

In a military regime press conference Friday concerning the armed resistance in Chin State and Sagaing Region, Major Kaung Htet told the media that the military will not tolerate any armed resistance on the part of the people.

“Since we also don’t tolerate any criminal activities, we will wipe them out by all means [necessary] as we are supposed to do,” the major said.

Taking up homemade percussion lock firearms, more than two hundred of the civilian resistance forces from several villages also conducted defensive actions against more than 50 military reinforcements travelling on vessels in the Chindwin River near the Upper Kin village on Thursday afternoon, according to residents.

The military reinforcements reached the area after their two vessels carrying explosive chemicals became stranded on a sandbank near the village after being attacked by resistance forces.

Local residents said that resistance forces managed to destroy some the explosive materials by throwing them in the river.

During hours-long shootouts, two members from the resistance forces and two military troops were reportedly killed, according to the residents. After the shootouts, the military troops have been deployed at the Upper Kin Village since Thursday evening.

Due to the raid, around three thousands of villagers from Kin, Upper Kin and Michaungkwin villages fled their homes on Thursday evening.

A resident of Upper Kin village told The Irrawaddy that several hundred villagers, including children and elderly people, are now living in the forest. They have only the clothes on their backs since they had to flee their homes urgently due to the shootouts.

“Now we are worried about food for tomorrow. We are also concerned for our children including infants that they would contract malaria in the forests. We have no medicine,” the villager said.

On Thursday morning, a shootout between resistance forces and military troops travelling with vehicles took place along on Monywa- Kalaywa highway near the Chaung Ma village in the township.

During the shootout, two military troops were killed and a military vehicle was burned, a resident told the media.

Military-run newspapers also said that two military troops were injured when 30 “armed rioters,” a military euphemism for civilian resistance forces, attacked troops travelling in the Chindwin river near Ketaung Village in Kani Township about 8:30 a.m. on Thursday.

On April 15, at least six civilians also were killed near the Chaung Ma village in the township during a shootout between the junta’s forces and a civilian protection group formed by anti-regime protesters.

The shootout came after the regime forces detained more than 70 protesters, including leading members of the protest committee in Kani Township.

Also, villagers of Chaung Ma had to flee their homes since military troops had deployed in the village following the shootout.

In several townships of Sagaing, Magwe regions and Chin State, people are resisting the junta troops by taking up the homemade percussion lock firearms and slingshots.

 
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