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The Karenni Nationalities Defense Force (KNDF) said it raided a police outpost in Loikaw township in Kayah (Karenni) state on Saturday and captured eight police officers without firing a single shot. fire.

The ambush, carried out in conjunction with the Karenni Army, the armed wing of the Karenni National Progressive Party, took place around 1 a.m. and lasted only 30 minutes, the commander of KNDF Battalion 10 in Myanmar said. Now.

“We didn’t need to fire a shot because they didn’t put up any real resistance,” he said.

Before taking control of the outpost, which served as a security checkpoint for the Lawpita hydroelectric power plant, the two groups arrested two soldiers assigned to the night patrol.

“They immediately raised their arms when we told them to raise their hands. Then we pretended to be soldiers on patrol and went to where the deputy chief of police and the sergeant were sleeping and captured them as well,” the KNDF commander said.

Four other police soldiers who slept in the same place were also captured this way, he added.

“We had to wake them up because they were all asleep,” he said.

The 44-year-old sergeant’s wife and two teenage daughters have not been arrested, according to the commander.

The 38-year-old deputy police chief was the only person who tried to resist, he said.

“He had a loaded gun, so we told him we had all his people and would shoot if he didn’t come out. Ten minutes later, he did, both hands in the air.

The six police soldiers were all young men between the ages of 21 and 30.

In addition to taking prisoners, the KNDF said it also seized four G3 rifles, four 22AK rifles, a revolver, five grenades and ammunition.

“You could say it was one of the very rare occasions when we managed to take over a station without losing a bullet,” added the commander.

He said the captured officers were later handed over to the Karenni state anti-regime police after being questioned.

“We did not beat or torture them. We also gave them proper food,” he added.

According to the KNDF, a number of junta soldiers also surrendered to the Karenni Defense Forces and joined them in the fight against the regime.

On April 16, the group issued a statement indicating that several junta soldiers from a military column that attacked Htarle village in Hpruso township and Nang Phe, a village in Bawlakhe township, had surrendered to the forces. karenni.

Although several battalions have issued similar statements, the exact number of regime soldiers who have surrendered or defected to Karenni State is not known.

The Burmese junta has made no official comment on the April 30 ambush.