Junta attacks northern Shan State town by air in attempt to halt Kachin forces

Locals report Myanmar military airstrikes in Mongmit after the KIA and its allies advance into the town and take control of multiple sites, including a police station

The junta carried out at least two airstrikes on the northern Shan State town of Mongmit on Friday morning after engaging in battles with allied resistance forces led by Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in the northern part of the township, local sources said. 

“At around 8am, a fighter jet dropped bombs twice,” a resident of Let Khoke Pin, located five miles west of Mongmit, told Myanmar Now. “We’ve heard the sound of gunfire and shelling since 6am.” 

The Kachin ethnic armed organisation, accompanied by the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front and the People’s Defence Force, have been attacking junta positions in Mongmit since Thursday, taking control of sites including a police station and two nearby villages: Shwe Zar Li and Ar Than. 

At least five aerial assaults by the military, as well as artillery fire, were reported on the first day of fighting, damaging several. . .

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