Dec 21, 2007 (DVB), Five soldiers from the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army were reportedly shot dead by government troops after the DKBA refused to attack a Karen National Union stronghold.
The five were from DKBA battalion 901 under battalion commander Yan Min, and were shot on 16 December in an attack by troops from Light Infantry Battalion-203 of the 12th Military Operations Command, according to a DKBA official.
The attack happened soon after the DKBA had refused to follow the ruling State Peace and Development Council's order to attack KNU strongholds in the area.
There have been regular clashes on KNU brigade 6 territory between the KNU and soldiers from the SPDC and the military-backed DKBA.
DKBA marks the anniversary today of its split from the KNU in 1994.
Reporting by Saw Kanyaw