Three killed in recent KNLA clashes with regime troops

Jul 3, 2008 (DVB), The two-day offensive by Burmese government troops and the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army on Karen National Liberation Army-controlled territory ended in three deaths on the regime side.

Karen National Union information department coordinator major Saw Hla Ngwe said one DKBA soldier and two from the SPDC army were killed when they clashed with the KNLA on territory controlled by KNLA brigade 6’s special battalion 201 on 1 and 2 July.

Major Saw Hla Ngwe said some DKBA troops were stopped by Thai authorities as they retreated over Thai territory.

"Thai authorities captured one of them who was armed and wearing military uniform, but the rest were released after they were identified as villagers abducted by the DKBA to be used as porters," the major said.

"The enemies withdrew in dismay by sunset , we have eliminated them all."

DKBA could not be contacted for comment on the fight.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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