The charred remains of the three, including an ex-commander of CDF-Zotung, were found in Matupi. They had gone to check on a group of villagers detained by junta forces.
Two junta jets bombed an Arakan Army base in an area controlled by the KNLA near the Thai border Monday, killing and wounding AA troops and destroying buildings.
After being tipped off by an informant, the troops reportedly surrounded and began shooting at a guesthouse where Myitnge PDF members had taken a wounded colleague.
PDF groups and ethnic armies fought with and ambushed junta troops and pro-regime militias in six states and regions.
The order from junta No. 2 Vice Snr-Gen Soe Win comes as military casualties in resistance hotspots mount; villagers who contact PDF groups are to be ‘severely punished’.