Kyaikto, October (28)

More than 200 troops have been reinforced by the military council on the premise of Kyaiktiyo Pagoda and in the villages at the foot of it in Mon State’s Kyaikto Township, the chairman of KNU’s Allied Supervisory Committee told Than Lwin Times.

On October 26, a military unit of more than 100 troops invaded into Kyaukphyar village of Kyaikto Township and another 100-strong unit was deployed around the bottom of Kyaiktiyo mountain.

The additional troops were deployed near the car gate of Kinmonchaung Camp and near the Kyaikthio Mountain, including Kadakgyi, Saungnainggyi and Hnatpyawtaw villages in Kyaikto Township.

Major Saw Kyaw Myint, chairman of the KNU’s Allied Supervisory Committee (Thaton District), warns the people to stay vigilant since further military expansion is likely to result in operations.

Due to the massive deployment of forces, some of the local residents around Kyaiktiyo Pagoda are living in hiding, fearing that the fighting between the two sides will intensify.

On the other hand, the 300-strong regime forces have invaded into Kyaikto Township and is stationed in the villages of Pyinkadoe and Painnegone, clashing with the joint forces of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA).

News – Than Lwin Times

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