The New Mons State Party blames ethnic Karen forces for the placement of explosives that have injured civilians; the Karen National Union denies the accusation according to an NMG report . The New Mon State Party’s (NMSP) district administration in Dawei, Tanintharyi, released a statement last week condemning the use of landmines in the area. The statement alleged that an armed group had intentionally placed the explosive devices near streets, gardens and farms in Yephyu Township. This, the NMSP argued, affects their own relationships with locals and causes insecurity in the community, as well as violent accidents. Yephyu has seen four landmine explosions injuring civilians since October, two in which locals’ legs had to be amputated.