Karenni Resistance Seize Junta’s 12-mile Camp in Bawlakhe Township

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By Kantarawaddy Times

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

The Karenni resistance has taken over the State Administration Council’s (SAC) 12-mile mountain camp located between Ywathit and Bawlake towns in Karenni State on February 8.

Col Phone Naing, the adjutant general for the Karenni Army (KA), told Kantarawaddy Times that multiple groups were involved in the February 8 operation to capture the strategic camp located in Bawlake Township.

“Our troops killed four enemy soldiers during the clash,” said Phone Naing, adding it took them about 2.5 hours to overrun the camp in the early morning. One junta soldier was captured alive but some of the SAC soldiers managed to escape to Bawlakhe town, where the regime still maintains a base.

The Karenni People’s Liberation Army (KPLA) reported that the groups seized 8 MA-1 rifles, a MA-2 rifle, a MA-3 rifle, a MA-11 rifle, 3 60-mm mortars, a machine gun, a 9-mm pistol, various ammunition, and other military equipment.

The operation included KPLA’s Brigade 7826, led by Semoo Neh, KA, Karenni Nationalities Defense Force, People’s Defense Force (PDF), Karenni National People’s Liberation Front, Federal Wing Drone Unit, FFD Drone Unit, and the PDF Drone Unit.

The FFD Drone Unit dropped 45 bombs on the hilltop camp between February 5-8.

According to Phone Naing, the resistance forces also attacked the hilltop camp in January.

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