Rebels attack in Kayin

Shwe Thein

A splinter group from the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) and the Border Guard Force (BGF) have clashed in Hlinebwe, Kayin State, where the no.7 brigade from the Karen National Union (KNU) is based on February 18 and both sides suffered casualties, sources say.

“Troops came to attack us. The army, the BGF and no.7 brigade from the KNU are deployed,” said a major from the BGF.

Six attackers were reportedly killed in action and the BGF said it seized two M16 rifles, a carbine and a heavy machine gun.

“We are trying to restore security to the area and clear mines and other obstructions,” he said.

A soldier from the BGF was reportedly killed and four injured and they are being sent to Taungalay hospital.

Although the KNU and DKBA signed the national ceasefire agreement in October 2015, fighting with the splinter group has re-occurred at Mae Tha Waw since last September.

More than 5,000 residents from over 30 villages in the Maw Tha Waw area have fled fighting which started two weeks ago and they are still taking shelter in Myaing Gyi Ngu.

Villagers have been injured in the fighting and hurt by landmines.

Translated by Aung Kyaw Kyaw