KARENNI STATE – At Shan-Karenni (Kayah) border, the military council has left many landmines in the villages of Pekon Township. Hence, Karenni Nationalities Defence Force (KNDF) remind people not to return their homes yet, as announced on July 10.
Defence forces are clearing the area in South Salone and North Salone villages where fierce fighting has taken place since March of this year.
“We would like to request the residents of Mobye town, South Salone and North Salone villages not to return home as we have not yet finished mine clearance operations. Please wait for further announcement,” according to an official of KNDF Pekon zone.
Defense Force members are clearing the mines as much as possible and most of them are using hoes to search for mines.
“Actually, in Karenni, there are many landmines in the provinces and villages. However, we do not have any mine detectors and have to use hoes and other tools instead,” said a KNDF comrade.
The mine educators recommend that the civilians should not touch military equipment and parts of military weapons including mines. They should mark it and inform experts to remove them.
Pekon Township is under Strategy 1 of KNDF and has been resisting junta’s airstrikes for more than three months, including a ground offensive by the military council of more than 1,000 troops.
Therefore, in order to counter-attack the military council, the “Karenni Dream – 100 Automatic rifles,” project has been launched these days and KNDF is appealing to the people to support.