Resistance fighters clashed with the Myanmar junta over the weekend in Kayah State which killed at least 40 soldiers, according to local media.
The Karenni People’s Defense Force (KPDF), a group of civilian resistance fighters and the Karenni Army have engaged in a shootout with regime soldiers on Sunday morning, with the latter reportedly opening fire at civilian homes, a KPDF told local The Irrawaddy.
The KPDF and Karenni Army seized Moe Bye police station with more than 20 regime troops killed and four taken as captives, as the station was burned down.
“Our members burned down all of their hideouts [at the police station]. When the army sent reinforcements to the area, we had already dispersed. We heard that they have now occupied the location,” a KPDF member told Myanmar Now.
Outside Demoso Township another 26 soldiers were killed when the civilian resistance force ambushed them, as the military fired live rounds at villages in Kayah State capital Loikaw, residents said.
On Monday morning, 4 people were killed and 8 critically wounded as the junta bombed a Catholic church in Kayan Tharyar village, Myanmar Now reported.
Resistance fighters allegedly attacked regime forces who were on their way to Moe Bye, but retaliated when they entered the village and opened fire.
No details were available yet as to the identities of the four people who died in the church.