Kawkayeik, 28 October

Fierce fighting has been going on between the junta army and revolutionary forces in Karen State’s Kawkayeik Township since October 27 morning, according to sources on the ground.

Around 5:30 a.m. that day, the revolutionary forces launched an attack on the places where regime troops were stationed in Kawkayeik Township.

The revolutionary forces raided and set fire to at least three offices, including the police investigation office under the military council and the office of military security affairs.

According to the video footage initially spreading on social networks, soldiers were killed during the battle, and weapons and ammunition were seized.

At 3:30 p.m. on October 27, a resistance fighter told Than Lwin Times that fighting is still going on in the town and has spread to several areas.

According to the travelers, the fighting between the two sides has left the vehicles stranded on the Thai-Myanmar border trade route, which is now blocked from passing through.

Because of ongoing fighting in Kawkayeik and claims that revolutionary forces are planning an attack on Myawaddy, the junta army and Border Guard Force (BGF) are beefing up security in Myawaddy.

According to a KNU statement, on 24October, 11 troops, including a battalion commander, were killed in a clash near Sin Gon village in Kawkayeik, during which the military council used heavy weapons and conducted airstrikes.

News-Than Lwin Times

Photo-Daw Na column

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