A one-hour shootout took place in Shan State South, when Burma Army troops attacked a small outpost of the Shan State Army (SSA) North on the Nampang, a tributary of the Salween, on Wednesday, 21 March, according to an SSA source.
“They retreated with casualties (we don’t know how many),” said the SSA officer. “The outpost was reinforced afterward.”
The clash marked the 4th time the Burma Army had breached the ceasefire agreement since it was signed on 28 January, between Naypyitaw and Wanhai, headquarters of the Shan State Progress Party / Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA), as the SSA North is officially known. The earlier encounters had taken place in Lashio and Namtu townships.
Its sister group, SSA South, is officially known as Restoration Council of Shan State/ Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA). It has also charged the Burma Army of violating the truce, signed 2 December 2011, altogether 14 times.