August 18, 2023
In Karen State, Klel-Takhun Taing Village groups, according to a statement from Dooplaya District, moreover, there was a shootout at the Takhun Taing police station and four soldiers were killed by the military council side.
The KNLA joint force attacked the Infantry Battalion ( Kalara-284) of the Military Council in Takhun Taing police station on August 15, at around 11:00 a.m. and an exchange of fire occurred between the two sides and as a result, there were four casualties from the military army.
“It’s true that four people were killed by firing the other day. They went to shoot first from this side, and about four were killed. Now the shooting is a ground battle and firing between 60 and 40,” he said.
He reported that after the clashes between the two sides of the military council army and KNLA joint forces, there has been no resurgence of fighting, but there have been minor shootings.
A local man from Takhun Taing village said that he heard the sound of 40-mm shots being fired about 6 times on the afternoon of August 15.
He said, “I heard the sound of 40mm being fired 6 times in the afternoon and then it was quiet for a moment. I didn’t know where to start shooting first .”
There was no battle fiercely with heavy weapons from the third week of August in the village of Takhun Taing, between the military council army and the KNLA joint forces, although some minor fire was heard, according to the residents of Takhon Taing village.
A local woman said, “On the 17th of August, she heard a gunshot but it was not too loud. The shooting lately is not as loud as before.”
The villagers reported that the military council forces inside the Takhun Taing Police Station are often attacking, and the Takhun Taing village has cut off the phone internet lines and can only use the internet at night.
According to local residents, as a consequence of the fighting between the military council army and the KNLA joint forces almost every day in Myawaddy, Kawkareik, Kyondoe, Kyar Inn Seik Gyi, Than Daung Gyi, and Hpapun townships in Karen State, the civilians are in trouble of facing social-economic difficulties.
News: Naw Phu Phu
Phar Si Than (People’s Radio Myanmar)