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A Burmese military convoy was ambushed by combined forces of the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in northeastern Shan State on Tuesday, according to the Burmese military mouthpiece Myawady News.
The Myawady said that the convoy was en route to the battlefront in Hsenwi Township when a remote-controlled improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in its path. The military vehicles then came under small arms fire from an estimated 30 ethnic rebels fighters, who then retreated when the Burmese returned fire. The report said that some government troops, including commanding officials, sustained injuries.
In a separate incident, the Burmese government reported that a homemade bomb exploded on Monday in the border town of Muse, some 60 kilometres north of Hsenwi. The device reportedly went off in a bush at the side of the road leading to the town’s sports ground. Nearby houses sustained shrapnel damage to their walls and windows.
Government security personnel, searching the site the following morning, found a string of wires connected to small batteries, said the report.
Similarly, the Information Committee of the State Counsellor’s Office reported an unexploded RPG round was found sticking out of the ground inside the Road Administration Department compound in Muse on Tuesday morning.
Tensions are high in Muse, a major trading town on the Burma-China border.
On Sunday, eight people, including four police officers and soldiers, were killed when they came under attack by what local authorities called a coordinated ambush by the TNLA, the KIA and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), none of whom are signatories to the government’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement.