Two military air bases in the center of Myanmar were attacked with rockets early morning, the State Administration Council confirms at a press conference Thursday. There are no casualties and one building was slightly damaged in the attacks. Local media report that the military has increased the level of security checks near the air bases after the attacks. "Security forces are investigating to arrest the attackers," a spokesperson said in the conference.
The council also denies earlier reports that at least 15 troops were killed in the Wednesday clash between the military and the newly formed Chinland Defense Force by anti-coup protesters in Chin State near the border with India. The spokesperson said only two soldiers were killed in the clash, adding "all the situation is stable and normal after negotiating with security forces and locals, community leaders and administration bodies."Sanctions and other measures to curb the Myanmar junta's access to foreign currency are the main financial pressure points that could force the regime to shift its spending priorities and reduce expenditures on military hardware and other requirements, a group of Myanmar-focused economists argue in a briefing paper on the military's finances.