Burma Army, TNLA Clash Twice in Muse


The Burma Army and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) fought twice in Muse Township, northern Shan State on Sunday morning.

According to TNLA spokesperson Maj Tar Aik Kyaw, the Burma Army entered TNLA territory near Nam Oum village.

“We had a clash in the jungle near Nam Oum village in Muse Township at around 6:30 a.m. and another clash near a sugar factory near Nam Oum village at around 7:30 a.m.,” Maj Tar Aik Kyaw told SHAN.

Each clash lasted around 10 minutes, he added.

“The Burma Army’s battalion in Namphetka has continued firing artillery,” Maj. Tar Aik Kyaw said, with the area around Nam Oum serving as the target.

A Nam Oum resident told SHAN that they heard the sound of both gunshots and artillery fire on May 31.

“I am afraid that clashes will continue in our area,” the local said.

Both Burma Army and the TNLA have declared and extended unilateral ceasefires to focus on fighting COVID-19, but fighting has broken out in multiple areas, including in Kutkai and Muse townships, causing people to avoid travel or travel with caution.  

The Burma Army and TNLA fought on the Lashio-Muse national highway between Kutkai and Namphetka on May 29. A Burmese military vehicle was hit by an artillery shell in the clash.

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