KNU rejoins melee along border near Manerplaw

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Clashes in eastern Karen State between Burmese Army and Karen National Union guerrilla forces yesterday morning killed at least three junta soldiers, according to a KNU district leader today.

krean-knu1story1A Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) soldier mans a heavy machine gun at the front line of a sixty-year conflict near the Thai-Burmese border in this undated photo. Wednesday morning’s (December 22) ambush by units of the Karen National Union’s armed wing, the KNLA, prevented junta troops’ advance to Maethawaw, a source told Mizzima. Photo: Mizzima 

More than 200 junta troops from light infantry battalions (LIB) 106 and 61 under Military Operations Command 19 engaged more than 20 soldiers from guerilla force 202 under KNU Brigade 7 yesterday at around 7 a.m., KNU district chairman Pado Saw Aung Maw Aye said.

The guerrillas ambushed junta troops with rocket-propelled grenades, AK-47 assault rifle fire and claymore mines in an attack that killed a Burmese Army sergeant, a company commander and a private, and wounded another junta soldier, he said.

The reports however could not yet be verified by independent sources.

Yesterday’s ambush by units of the KNU’s armed wing, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), prevented the junta troops’ advance to Maethawaw, a source told Mizzima.  Continue reading “KNU rejoins melee along border near Manerplaw”