The Burmese military has reported a heavy clash in northern Shan State as government troops in the Muse area came under attack yesterday by a coalition of four ethnic militias: Kachin Independence Army (KIA), Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), and Arakan Army (AA).
Military-run Myawady News reported today that the Burmese units had to call in air support to defend their positions.
It said that the rebel fighters of the so-called Northern Alliance launched attacks on Tatmadaw [Burmese armed forces] and People’s Militia bases in Mongko and other strategic positions along Hay Moe Lone Hill. According to the report, the rebels attempted to overrun the positions using heavy manpower, compelling Tatmadaw commanders to call in close air support, while launching artillery strikes on enemy targets when they came within 100 yards of their bases.
The Burmese military claims the rebels dressed as civilians and took cover inside residential buildings during the firefight. Although several buildings were targeted, no known casualties were sustained, Myawady said.
It noted that the vast majority of civilians in the town had already fled their homes to take refuge elsewhere as the conflict intensified over the past 10 days.