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Anti-junta groups claim they seized junta military camp in Shan state

Myanmar’s anti-junta forces Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and Mandalay People’s Defense Force (PDF) jointly seized a junta military camp in Than Bo village in northern Shan state on Wednesday, according to the groups on Thursday.

The Mandalay PDF announced that on Tuesday, their combined forces launched an attack on the junta’s base camp, effectively taking control of it and capturing a platoon commander, Col. Thet Aung. 

During the battle, there were casualties on both the military junta and some PDF troops, the group stated, without specifying the total number of casualties.

The seized junta camp is under the command of the junta’s Central Region Military Command, which has between 50 and 100 forces, according to the TNLA on Friday. 

RFA was unable to reach junta spokesman Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun for comments about the group’s claim. 

The Mandalay PDF is currently participating in Operation 1027 led by the anti-junta Three Northern Brotherhood Alliance.

The Mandalay-Nawnghkio-Gote Twin road, connecting the Mandalay region and northern Shan state, has been obstructed and closed off through a joint effort by the TNLA and Mandalay PDF. 

This has led to regular clashes between the junta and resistance groups situated in regions such as Ho Hko, Hsam Ma Hse, Thone Se, Ohn Ma Hkar, and Kyauk Kyan villages in the Nawnghkio township.

Over the span of more than two months during Operation 1027, the Three Brotherhood Alliances have successfully overtaken 10 townships in northern Shan state and seized control of over 200 camps belonging to the military junta. 

The group continues its attacks against the junta camps in the cities of Hseni and Kutkai in northern Shan state, with the combat remaining intense up to the present day.

Edited by Taejun Kang and Elaine Chan.