TNLA and Myanmar Army clashes continue


A soldier of the Ta-ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), one of the ethnic rebel groups, searching for poppy fields in Loi Mel Main village, Man Tone Township, Northern Shan State, Myanmar, 16 January 2014.

Despite efforts to bring in the National Ceasefire Agreement and bring peace to Myanmar, clashes are continuing between the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Myanmar Army in northern Shan State, reports Burma News International on September 24.

About 18 clashes have taken place between the TNLA troops and government troops, in the areas of Kutkai, Nangsang, and Kyaukme, according to the Palaung State Liberation Front/Ta'ang National Liberation Army (PSLF/TNLA) News and Information Department.

BNI quotes Colonel Tar Bone Kyaw, the TNLA General Secretary, in an interview with IMNA, said: “Today [20 September] we have also clashed with government troops. I do not know yet whether men from our side have fallen. We cannot do anything because the government is increasing troop numbers. We are avoiding confrontation as much as we can, but in some places we cannot avoid it, so both sides confront each other and engage in fighting.”

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