Tatmadaw troops killed in TNLA clash
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