Five police and five civilians were killed in an attack by members of the ethnic Kokang Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) in Laukkai — the administrative capital of the ethnic Kokang region of Shan State — according to a report issued from Burma’s State Counselor’s Office.
The State Counselor Office Information Committee reported that the MNDAA attacked a hotel in the town near the Chinese border early on Monday morning, burning four cars near the hotel site.
The MNDAA members reportedly were dressed in police uniforms and first attacked a police station in the town.
“Five police, five civilians, were killed and four other police were taken hostage,” said a report from the information committee, which also stated that no Burma Army soldiers were injured in the attack, but they were able to seize some weapons.
Kokang rebels’ video footage states that they launched an attack on a hotel belonging to the governor of the town, who local sources say was once an MNDAA leader, but now supports the Burma Army.