Kyaikto, 17 August

The resistance forces launched an attack on a junta checkpoint near Moppalin village in Mon State’s Kyaikto Township around 10 a.m. on 16 August.

The combined forces of Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) and People’s Defense Force (PDF) attacked the checkpoint where more than 40 troops and police officers were stationed, with 40-mm mortar shells and small arms.

Residents said that the exchange of fire that lasted for nearly 20 minutes left hundreds of tourist vehicles stranded, and that the road was reopened only at around 12:00 p.m.

The revolutionary forces have said that at least three junta troops may have been killed in the shooting, but Than Lwin Times has not yet been able to independently confirm it.

After that, the regime troops continued to fire heavy weapons into the villages controlled by the KNU, and the details of the damage are not yet known.

The Moppalin checkpoint has been attacked by the revolutionary forces at least seven times since the coup for stopping people, searching them, and extorting money from them.

A military convoy of five vehicles heading to Belin from Kyaikto was ambushed on August 15 on the Yangon-Mawlamyine highway close to Thayetkon village in Kyaikto township, resulting in at least five casualties.

News-Than Lwin Times

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