Myanmar Military Finds Large Cache of Weapons in Cave in Northern Shan State

By The Irrawaddy 17 January 2020

YANGON—The Myanmar military (or Tatmadaw) seized a haul of weapons and other military hardware near Namkhaik Village in northern Shan State’s Hsenwi Township on Wednesday evening.

Arms and ammunition seized in Hsenwi Township / Tatmadaw

Among the items seized were one 107-mm launcher tripod, six 107-mm rockets, 12 107-mm rocket shells, one 107-mm remote control, 22 107-mm projectiles, 108 rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), 108 RPG rocket shells, 299 40-mm grenades, 12 60-mm grenades and 60 packs of explosive for grenades, according to the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services.

“We assume the 107-mm launcher tripod and rockets were manufactured by the Kachin Independence Army [KIA]. The KIA and the TNLA [Ta’ang National Liberation Army] are active in the area,” said Myanmar military spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun.

The small cave where arms and ammunition were hidden. / Tatmadaw

The arms cache was found inside a small cave around 4,000 meters southwest of Namkhaik Village. The Myanmar military (or Tatmadaw) is still investigating to determine which group the weapons belong to.

In November last year, the Tatmadaw reported seizing more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition and some 170 weapons, including RPGs and FN6 anti-aircraft missile launchers, from three TNLA caches in Homein Village in Namhsan Township.

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