Four Civilians Injured in Karen State Clash

By Htun Htun 5 August 2016

Four civilians were injured in a clash between Karen State Border Guard Force (BGF) troops and a Karen ethnic armed group in southeastern Karen State’s Kawkareik Township on Thursday, according to the BGF.

According to Mu Char, the commanding officer of BGF No. 4, their assailants were a splinter group of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA), led by Maj. Nar Ma Kyar.

“They came and attacked us. The clash only lasted half an hour,” the commanding officer told The Irrawaddy.

A child, a man, and two women from Ta Tan Kuu village were wounded and received treatment at Myawaddy Hospital. The extent of their injuries is not yet known.

In May, combined forces from the Burma Army and the BGF attacked the house of Maj. Nar Ma Kyar in Kawkareik Township, but he escaped the attack.

In February, the splinter group and BGF troops clashed in the same township, forcing hundreds of locals from their homes.

The DKBA signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) in October with former President Thein Sein’s government.