Myanmar army clashes with armed group in country's northeast



Yangon - The Myanmar military said Friday it had killed three men and five women from an armed ethnic group during a clash in the country's north-east earlier this month.



 The military's statement contradicted the Ta'ang National Liberation Army's (TNLA) version of events. The group had reported on Monday that five female medics had been ambushed, detained, and shot dead by the Myanmar army on July 11.
The bodies of three men and five women in camouflage uniforms were seized after a clash with 30 TNLA soldiers in Namkham, northern Shan State, according to a statement posted to the commander in chief's Facebook page on Friday.
"With regard to the skirmish which happened with TNLA insurgents on July 11, 2018, the Tatmadaw True News Information Committee released the true information on death of five women in the skirmish,” the statement read.
The deaths came as the TNLA joined other ethnic armed groups in the country’s capital for a landmark peace conference convened by de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Nobel laureate has struggled to make good on a campaign promise to end Myanmar’s 70-year civil war with myriad armed ethnic groups since winning landmark elections in 2015, which ended decades of military rule.
Neither the TNLA nor the Myanmar military were immediately available for comment. 

 

 
The military's statement contradicted the Ta'ang National Liberation Army's (TNLA) version of events. The group had reported on Monday that five female medics had been ambushed, detained, and shot dead by the Myanmar army on July 11.
The bodies of three men and five women in camouflage uniforms were seized after a clash with 30 TNLA soldiers in Namkham, northern Shan State, according to a statement posted to the commander in chief's Facebook page on Friday.
"With regard to the skirmish which happened with TNLA insurgents on July 11, 2018, the Tatmadaw True News Information Committee released the true information on death of five women in the skirmish,” the statement read.
The deaths came as the TNLA joined other ethnic armed groups in the country’s capital for a landmark peace conference convened by de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Nobel laureate has struggled to make good on a campaign promise to end Myanmar’s 70-year civil war with myriad armed ethnic groups since winning landmark elections in 2015, which ended decades of military rule.
Neither the TNLA nor the Myanmar military were immediately available for comment. 

 


Friday, July 20th 2018
(dpa)
           


New comment:
Twitter

News | Politics | Education | Features | Arts | Entertainment | Society | Sport