MYANMAR AIR FORCE MIG-29 ATTACKS INDIAN VILLAGE

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According to residents of Farkawan hamlet, two bombs were dropped on the Indian side of the border, but no one was injured.

According to eyewitnesses, the Myanmar military launched an airstrike on a prominent training camp for pro-democracy fighters near the Indian border, with jets dropping at least two bombs within Indian territory.

A rebel commander stated that the Myanmar junta, which seized power in a coup in February 2021 and is involved in a brutal fight to destroy pro-democracy militants, began bombing Camp Victoria in Myanmar’s Chin state on Tuesday afternoon.

Camp Victoria is the headquarters of the Chin National Army (CNA), an ethnic armed force fighting alongside other rebel groups under the name of the People’s Defence Force to restore democracy in Myanmar (PDF). The training camp is only a few kilometres from the Indian state of Mizoram’s border.

Another rebel fighter, who asked to remain anonymous, claimed that fighter jets dropped multiple bombs on the camp, causing panic. According to the insurgents, some jets crossed the Tiau River, which serves as the border between India and Myanmar.

Two people on the Indian side of the border in Farkawan village, Mizoram, stated two bombs were dropped on the Indian side but no one was harmed.

Rama, the president of Farkawan village council, who goes by a single name, verified the bombs on the Indian side, which he said sparked “panic” in his village and fear of additional border violations.

“One bomb destroyed a truck from our side that was parked near the Tiau River,” he explained. “Some individuals from Myanmar side have crossed over the border following the attack and people in our village are aiding them and the injured. The bombing was carried out by three fighter jets and two helicopters, as we could see.”

The military or official media had no quick comment.

The Indian government has not confirmed whether bombs were dropped on Indian territory. However, an Indian army officer informed the Guardian that they were aware of rumours of a disturbance near the border and were monitoring the situation.

According to the rebel leader, the aircraft attacks killed seven rebel combatants, including one woman, and injured more than 20 individuals in Camp Victoria. Salai Van Ro Piang, Salai Duh Tin, Mai Ngun Hlei Par, Mai Sui Len Par, and Salai Kil Mang were among those killed.

The junta’s use of aerial strikes has been a widespread practise, particularly in areas held by ethnic rebel forces, as they continue a vicious campaign of violence to strengthen their power. At least 80 people, mostly civilians, were murdered in an airstrike on a concert in Kachin state, northern Myanmar, in October.

It is the first time the junta has targeted Camp Victoria in Chin with aircraft bombs. Because of the camp’s proximity to the Indian border, the rebel commanders indicated they did not expect an aerial strike.

Mizoram is sympathetic to the predicament of Chin state’s population and rebel combatants due to their shared ethnic origin. The border between Mizoram, India, and Myanmar has become an important corridor for the smuggling of weapons, supplies, and medicines to help rebel fighters, with authorities mainly turning a blind eye.

Over 40,000 people have crossed into India to flee the violence and are now living in 60 refugee camps across Mizoram, while injured rebel combatants frequently cross over for treatment.

According to the commander, hundreds fled to India during the Camp Victoria raid, while medics from Mizoram crossed into Myanmar to help treat the injured who couldn’t be transferred. In response to the aircraft strikes, Chin state was shut down on Wednesday.

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