Junta troops burned down 25 public houses in Lat Khut Tan Ward, Mongmit Town, Northern Shan State, on January 28, according to a local living in that Ward.
After fierce fighting took place, the military junta used hundreds of soldiers to attack Mongmit Town back which was controlled by the joint revolutionary forces – including the KIA and took valuable items from public homes and burned them down.
“Recently, those junta troops have been stationed at the No. 4 school. There was a clash yesterday as well. They took all the householdwares and valuables,” said a resident.
After the intense fighting on January 25th, the joint forces of KIA and PDF managed to control Mongmit Town, but they retreated, and the junta troops are currently taking it back, he continues to explain.
“At first, we came back home. We didn’t get any news because the phone line was cut off. When we returned home, we didn’t dare to go forward when we saw that junta soldiers were burning houses. That’s why we had to run back,” said a local woman who saw junta troops burning public homes.
She added that most parts of Mongmit were almost destroyed due to the bombardment and heavy weapon fire by the military junta during the battle.
More than 300 shops in the town’s market were burned to ashes due to an air strike by the junta On January 19.