By Van Bawi Lian || The combined forces of the Chin National Army (CNA) and Chinland Defense Forces (CDF) successfully seized control of three towns from the Myanmar junta army in Chin State this month.
The CNA-led Chin resistance forces captured the strategically significant border town of Rihkhawdar on November 13. Rihkhawdar, an essential border trade town on the Myanmar side of Chin State bordering India, witnessed a two-day intense battle resulting in the takeover of two Myanmar junta camps. More than 40 Myanmar junta soldiers fled to the Indian side of Mizoram State.
Lailenpi, a town with an airstrip under construction in Matupi District, fell under the control of CNA-led Chin resistance forces on November 24 after a four-day intense battle. Approximately 30 Myanmar junta soldiers from the camp fled to India.
CNA spokesperson Salai Htet Ni stated that they are collaborating with local resistance forces and public administration groups to establish an administrative body in Rihkhawdar and Lailenpi.
The third town to come under the control of Chin resistance forces is Rezua in Matupi District. Rezua holds strategic importance due to its location at the intersection of Northern and Southern Chin State.
The CNA-led forces initiated an assault on the junta camp in Rezua town on November 28 and successfully seized control the next day. The resistance forces captured 39 Myanmar junta soldiers along with their family members. Notably, 11 Myanmar soldiers surrendered to the resistance forces before the assault.
In a separate development, on November 15, the local resistance forces, CNDF, overran a military camp near Tibual village in Falam township. Approximately 30 Myanmar junta soldiers fled the camp, seeking refuge on the Indian side of Mizoram State.
The local resistance force, PDF-Zoland, also seized the Myanmar military camp on Mount Kennedy in Chin State’s Tedim Township on November 21, capturing 12 Myanmar junta soldiers alive.