The Burmese army has taken control of the city of Mindat in Chin state (western part of the country) after three days of clashes against a popular resistance movement against the military junta that carried out the coup on February 1 in the Asian country.
The fighters have withdrawn, local sources report to the Myanmar Now portal after air reinforcements arrived last Saturday. At the moment there are records of at least five deaths and thousands of displaced persons from the fighting.
In order to avoid more bloodshed in the city, the site of the first solid fighting between the military and opponents since the uprising, the guerrillas have decided to leave the area anonymously, according to a spokesman for the movement.
However, there is still a small group of fighters determined to resist until the end. “We’re not withdrawing completely. There are still some of us in town,” a local resistance leader who calls himself Shwe Jo Phyu told the portal. “Their strategy is to surround us all. We will not fight their offensives and let the city be destroyed,” he added.
According to the residents of Mindat, the military fired at residential areas from 7:00 a.m. on Saturday with at least 30 rounds of heavy artillery in the morning and afternoon.
The clashes also lasted until Saturday afternoon about 14 kilometers west of the city, when members of the so-called Mindat People’s Force attacked reinforcements from Matupi, more than 160 kilometers northwest of the city.