The Burmese units accused various residents of having links to the TNLA or of protecting its soldiers.
The Shan State Army-South has recently been engaged in clashes against the Ta’ang National Liberation Army.
The 11 were freed after each had vowed to have no affiliation with the Shan State Army- South.
Local MP says MOC-1 launched artillery strikes towards a village outside the town amid clashes with TNLA.
Groups say RCSS/SSA maintains a campaign of closing schools, detaining civilians and monks, recruiting soldiers, and looting households in Ta’ang areas.
Kyaukme has been for many years a peaceful town, its ethnic Shan and Ta’ang residents co-existing in relative harmony. But armed conflict is threatening to tear the communities apart.