The remains of Lt-Col Than Htike Way, Commander of the Faikhun (Pekhon) based Light Infantry Battalion 422, who was killed in an ambush staged by the Shan State Army (SSA) “South” on 9 May in Mongkeung, given a hero’s reception by Burmese troops in every town it passed through yesterday on the way to the battalion’s home base, according to local sources. (SHAN)
The death included Faikhun (Pekhon) based Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 422 commander Lt-Col Than Htike Way, Sergeant Major Soe Myint, Sergeant Htun Aung, Sergeant Thein Hlaing, Coporal Htun Htun Lwin, Corporal Kyaw Soe Min, Corporal Htun Khaing and privates Ko Zaw and Myo Zaw Oo, according to SSA sources.
The attack took place on 9 May at 3:45, on the way between Tonglao and Hsataw, where the Burma Army troops were coming in a Tolaji (Chinese made farm tractor). The attack lasted about an hour.
The civilian Tolaji driver was also reportedly killed in the attack. The SSA said it suffered no casualties on its side.
“We received the information in advance, because the battalion is loathed by the local population for its excesses,” said an SSA officer.
According to the SSA, the reason there were many non-commissioned officers among the casualties was because they had just finished the non-commissioned officers training course and were sent to inspect the areas in order to familiarize themselves with the terrain.
Both the SSA ‘South’ and the SSA ‘North’ have been employing mobile tactics against the Burma Army which have caused many casualties on the Burma Army side.