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Wa Army Landmines Killed 9 in Shan State

10 May 2013

Landmines along the border between Burma’s Shan State and northern Thailand have killed at least nine people since mid-April, including several children, Burma News International reports. The news agency quoted an unnamed Thai security officer, who said that the United Wa State army (UWSA) had planted more mines recently in Mongton Township. “They told us that it was to protect the Wa reputation concerning drugs,” he said, “because every time a drug shipment is seized in Thailand, the finger is pointed at the Wa. But we believe that increased tension between the Wa and the Burma Army may be another reason.”s