Around 1,000 northern Shan State villagers have fled their homes as the army launches an assault on a TNLA outpost.
Despite a recently declared ceasefire, fights nixed a Buddhist celebration and left locals in fear in Namhsan Township, in the north of Myanmar’s Shan State on Friday.
The military suspects Sai Tah is involved in the illicit drug trade and is currently interrogating him at its Eastern Command center in Kho Lam Township, Shan State.
Last month’s attacks on northeast Myanmar’s Muse highway have pushed up transport prices, leaving consumers to pay the price.
Shan State villagers say they are trapped between three warring ethnic armed groups and face abduction by a rebel army that signed the government’s 2015 ceasefire deal.
The Restoration Council of Shan State is accused of engaging in forced recruitment in northern Shan after conscripting 10 Ta’ang civilians to join its military.
Government officials have extended a long-running curfew in Kokang Self-Administered Zone again amid concerns about stability in northern Shan State.
Village leaders in northern Shan State face threats and extortion from ethnic armed groups, making it hard to find people willing to fill the role of village head.
Ko Aung Ko Htwe, who was jailed for describing life as a child soldier, says conflict motivated by self-interest, not political goals.
The attacks mark the third major highway bridge bombing by an alliance of rebel groups along major trade routes in northern Shan State in the past two weeks.
At a meeting in Beijing, U Kyaw Tin Swe told the Chinese foreign minister that Myanmar appreciates China’s assistance on Rohingya repatriation and peace in Myanmar.
One Tatmadaw troop was killed and another was injured when rebels attacked a smuggling checkpoint between Theinni and Lashio townships Saturday, the Tatmadaw said.
TNLA officials say the eight were dressed as civilians and traveling without weapons in Shan State. The military says it has no report of missing or detained soldiers.
With the Union Highway closed following deadly rebel attacks on Myanmar military and police targets on Thursday, returning to Yangon has become difficult.
A deadly day of coordinated rebel attacks began at the Myanmar military training academy in Pyin Oo Lwin before spreading to nearby townships on Thursday.