A virtual dusk to dawn curfew has been imposed in Namkham, following 3 bomb attacks since 7 November to 10 November, that killed one police officer and injuring 6 others (including 1 woman and 1 child). Townspeople say the Shan New Year as a result will be welcomed not at past midnight on 26 November but on 27 November morning. (SHAN)
Meanwhile, the township is one of the places where the Burma Army and Kachin Independence Army (KIA) fighting taking place. As a result, any civilian seen outside after the curfew is reportedly being recruited by the Burmese Army to give porter service, she said.
“The outcome is no one even the animals are seen hanging out on the street even though the time is not yet 9 p.m. The town is so quiet now. It is therefore a problem for traders and vendors who want customers,” she said.
Last Thursday on 10 November, a bomb explosion took place in front of the town’s police station, killing one police officer Zau Htu Khawng Zang and seriously wounding two police corporals and two civilians.
One female student caught taking photographs of the carnage was detained and later released after village authorities spoke for him, according to another source.
Since security in the town has tightened and everyone crossing and passing the police station is strictly checked and asked to show ID cards by Burma Army authorities, according to local sources.
Apart from townships in Shan State, many areas in Kachin State even the capital of the state Myitkyina faced similar situation. Latest report says a bom blast had taken place in Myitkyina downtown last night at around 20:00 killing at least four people and wounding dozens. shanland news