Mizoram like to face fresh influx, After bombing of CNA camp in Myanmar
AIZAWL: Mizoram, already inundated with thousands of refugees from Myanmar, may face fresh influx from the neighboring country due to an aerial bombardment on a militant headquarters in Chin state close to the Indian border, an official said.
Five people, including two women, were killed in airstrikes by Myanmar’s military junta on Camp Victoria, the military headquarters of the Chin National Army (CNA), an ethnic insurgent group, on Tuesday and Wednesday, highly placed sources said.
Lalramliana, village council president of Farkawan, a border village in Champhai district near the CNA headquarters, said five CNA workers were killed and several injured when fighter jets dropped five bombs on Tuesday targeting the militant camp.
He said the military junta carried out another airstrike on a CNA camp on Wednesday.
The US-based Chin Association also said five people were killed in airstrikes by the Myanmar Air Force.
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It claimed that the Myanmar Air Force detonated a bomb on Indian soil, destroying a vehicle.
The association strongly blamed the Myanmar military junta for the airstrikes on the CNA headquarters, which are also used to conduct military training for armed civilians against the Myanmar military.
Champhai Deputy Commissioner James Lalrinchan said there were no new arrivals from the neighboring country till Wednesday.
He said that the district administration is on high alert regarding the aerial bombardment.
More than 30,000 people from Myanmar’s Chin State have taken refuge in various parts of Mizoram since 2021, when military junta ousted the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi in February that year.
Mizoram shares a 510-km porous border with Myanmar and the northeastern state is currently facing floods from Bangladesh with whom it shares a 318-km international border.
Around 388 ethnic Kuki-Chin (Mizo) asylum seekers from the neighboring country have taken shelter in the Lawngtlai district in the southern part of the state since November last year.
Bangladeshi civilians fled their homes due to an alleged military offensive by the Bangladesh Army against the Kuki-Chin National Army (KNA), an ethnic insurgent group seeking separate state and political protection for the Kuki-Chin community in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). demands.