18 September 2021
Fires start in Thantlang
Thantlang (ထန်တလန်မြို့) town in Chin State was first targeted on 18 September and would see homes burned on more than ten separate occasions.
Local media reported that arson and artillery attacks were used by Myanmar military forces on Thantlang. Locals speculated that the motivation was a loss of a local military base to the Chinland Defence Force - Chin National Army alliance (CDF-CNA) (DVB English).
Local media also claimed that a local pastor (Cung Biak Hum) was shot and killed by soldiers while he was attempting to put out the fires (Myanmar Now).
Footage seen on YouTube, uploaded on 18 September, was geolocated by Myanmar Witness to the town.
Further fires were reported on 29 October 2021 and throughout the next couple of months.
Read Myanmar Witness’ report for more information.