Burma-Myanmar: Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) reports renewed clashes with Burmese army in northern Shan State
The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) has reported a series of skirmishes with the Burmese army in northern Shan State over the weekend.
Spokesperson Ta Aik Kyaw told DVB that the ethnic armed group engaged in five clashes with government forces on 29 and 30 April in several locations across northern Shan State, including in Namtu, Kutkai and Namhkam townships.
“We are seeing renewed fighting with the Tatmadaw [Burmese military] in Namhkam, Kutkai and Namtu townships – it’s been a while since we have been involved in hostilities,” said Ta Aik Kyaw, claiming the government side were the aggressors.
“The Tatmadaw’s 88th Infantry Division launched an offensive in a wooded area where our troops are active,” he added. “Altogether, there were three clashes on Saturday and two on Sunday.”
He said the TNLA did not suffer any casualties, but suggested that six Burmese soldiers may have been killed.