SAGAING DIVISION – The junta convoy that has been exercising military missions along the border region of Kachin State and Sagaing Division entered Minlal Village at around 10 a.m. on Friday (May 19). The troops reportedly opened fire in the village, killing two locals and injuring three, stated the spokesperson of Katha People’s Defence Force (PDF).
“The junta convoy that has been active along the Kachin-Sagaing border, left Shwegu-Kyaukgyi area and entered Minlal Village, firing heavy and small arms,”said the PDF spokesperson.
The details of the deceased and injured civilian could not be verified yet.
There had also been a clash between the junta forces and Kachin Independence Army (KIA)and PDF alliance near Kadatchaung Village Monastery on May 18 around 9 a.m. before the junta troops finally entered and raided Minlal Village. Locals of Minlal Village were forced to flee due to the junta column advancing and raiding their village.
Currently, said junta column has reportedly arrived at Yaynee Village that lies below Moetar Village.