Tat­madaw troops killed in TNLA clash

The Myanmar Times - - News -

CLASHES be­tween the Tat­madaw and the Ta’ang Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion Army claimed five govern­ment troops on Novem­ber 5, mil­i­tary me­dia out­let Myawaddy has re­ported.

The TNLA det­o­nated four land­mines some 3 kilo­me­tres from Nant San vil­lage, ac­cord­ing to Myawady. They then re­port­edly used heavy weapons to fire on the Tat­madaw sol­diers. It is not known how many Tat­madaw troops were in­jured in the fight­ing.

Since Oc­to­ber 29, 15 clashes have taken place in the area, with the TNLA and vil­lagers ac­cus­ing the Tat­madaw of fir­ing heavy weapons on a vil­lage and trap­ping civil­ians.

The TNLA has re­futed al­le­ga­tions that they have used heavy weaponry, and say they have been on the de­fen­sive since this fight­ing broke out.

‘’Fight­ing hap­pens ev­ery day be­cause of Tat­madaw of­fen­sives. We didn’t use land­mines and heavy weapons. We use shoul­der-launched mis­siles and nor­mal weapons,” said TNLA spokesper­son Mong Aik Kyaw. He con­firmed that TNLA sol­diers were also in­jured in the most re­cent clash, but de­clined to put a num­ber on ca­su­al­ties.

The Tat­madaw will con­tinue to carry out clear­ance op­er­a­tions in the area, ac­cord­ing to Myawady.

Four civil­ians were in­jured in Homein vil­lage last week.

The ma­jor­ity of clashes have taken place in sparsely pop­u­lated ar­eas, and there are not yet any re­ports of dis­place­ment. Fight­ing has bro­ken out be­tween the TNLA and the Tat­madaw in Namh­san, Kyaukme, Kutkai and Namkham town­ships.

Since the sign­ing of the NCA last year, the RCSS has en­gaged in ac­tive hos­til­i­ties not only with the Tat­madaw but also the TNLA. The first breach of the NCA came dur­ing clashes be­tween the Tat­madaw and the RCSS on De­cem­ber 31 last year in Mine Pyin/Mong Ping township.

The TNLA, a non-sig­na­tory eth­nic armed group, en­gaged in hos­til­i­ties with the RCSS in Novem­ber 2015 in north­ern Shan State. The TNLA has ac­cused the RCSS of en­croach­ing on its ter­ri­tory. How­ever, the RCSS de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tion. – Thu Thu Aung

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