September 2, 2023 || Tongsan Media Group ||

It is reported that the Military Council and the Zomi Revolutionary Army (ZRA) suddenly raided and captured the 3rd Battalion of the Chin Defense Forces (Tonzang) stationed in Tonzang Township, Chin State, at around 3:00 pm on August 31st. According to local news sources, in the capture of the 3rd battalion camp of the Chin Defense Forces (Tonzang), two drones, one 60mm gun, one RPG, one 40mm gun, 1000 AK rounds and seven Motorcycles were confiscated by the ZRA forces and the joint forces of the Military Council.

According to local news reports, there was a 20-minute exchange of gunfire between the Chin Defense Forces (Tonzang) and the Military Council and ZRA joint forces, and one soldier from the Chin Defense Forces (Tonzang) side was injured. The Ayeyarwaddy Times contacted the General Secretary and spokesperson of the Chin Defense Force (Tonzang) regarding the raid and occupation of the camp, but they have not been contacted by the time of reporting.

The Zomi Revolutionary Army (ZRA) is the organization that awarded the title of Hero Award of Chin to Min Aung Hlaing, Chairman of the Coup Military Council, in 2018. There are reports that the military has cooperated with the military council after the coup and is supplying the group with weapons and ammunition, but the Irrawaddy has not been able to independently confirm this.

The Chin Defense Force (Tonzang) under the command of the Chin National Force (CNF) tried to destroy the city several times. Because they tried repeatedly to attack the eastern part of their ZRA, they took the first hand. In addition, the Zomi Revolutionary Army (Eastern Command) issued a statement on September 1 asking the armed forces to leave the Zomi region without permission.

The statement also stated that they should not threaten the innocent people in the Tonzang township, prevent the students from getting their education and destroy the hospitals, clinics and schools under the pretext of the revolution. The Zomi Revolutionary Army (ZRA) attacked the Chin National Army (CNA) by destroying and occupying the camps of the Chin Defense Forces. There have been clashes with the Chin Defense Forces.

Source: Ayeyarwaddy Times

Translated in English: Tongsan Admin Team

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