Kyaikto, July (18)
Some civilians were killed and some injured in the clashes that broke out near Zeekon village in Mon State’s Kyaikto Township between the regime troops and resistance fighters, said locals.
On July 16, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) clashed with 100-strong junta troops who had just invaded Zeekon village.
Ko Pain Chit Oo from Padaukkon village was shot dead, and two residents of Zeekon village also received gunshot wounds in the crossfire, according to a local.
Ko Aye Min Tun, spokesperson for PDF-Thaton District, told Than Lwin Times that the junta shot and killed three civilians.
He further stated that the identities of those who were killed remain under investigation, and that at least three soldiers may have been injured.
Military lobbyists spread propaganda on Telegram that a member of the KNU was killed and some weapons and ammunition were seized during the fighting.
The advanced regime troops were stationed near Zeekon village until the evening of July 17, and the military tension between the two sides remains high, according to the revolutionary forces.
The locals in Zeekon and Karaweiseik villages fled to safe places and the jungle, said the locals.
The junta army, which had stopped raiding Kyaikto township since the end of last year, has now invaded again, sparking fighting.
News-Than Lwin Times