Inteltrends: Burma Report 06-AUG-2010
Compiled by Inteltrends.
Assassination attempt on military chief
DVB, 06 Aug 2010
A convoy carrying senior Burmese military officials, including chief of Military Affairs Security, Ye Myint, were yesterday targeted in an attack by the opposition Karen National Union (KNU). Five Burmese army soldiers were killed as the eight-vehicle convoy came under grenade attack as it headed to Myawaddy in eastern Karen state, but no senior officials were hurt. Also in the vehicles were lieutenant-general Khin Zaw, chief of Bureau of Special Operations 4 and major-general Thet Naing Win, the Southeastern [Regional] Military Commander.
Junta Troops Take DKBA Border Gate
The Irrawaddy, 06 Aug 2010
Burmese junta troops in Myawaddy Township on Thursday seized the main border trade gate operated by Brigade 999 of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) on the Thai-Burma border, according to Karen sources.
Former psy-war officer gives director’s take on junta film
Mizzima, 05 Aug 2010
Amid widespread criticism of the junta propaganda film, Lotus Blooming in the Dawn, produced by the Ministry of Information, activists are demanding that travel bans be imposed on the total of 68 high-profile actors and actresses who took part. Bearing the brunt of the outcry is the film’s director, Tin Than Oo, a former army officer who served in the Psychological Warfare Department for 20 years.
Shan State Army ‘North’ leader pressured to persuade remaining brigade
S.H.A.N., 05 Aug 2010
The ceasefire Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’ which became a junta controlled home guard force in April, recently received an order from the Northeastern Region Command to persuade the last remaining brigade to accept the program as soon as possible, according to sources from the base. Maj-Gen Aung Than Htut, the commander of the Northeastern Region Command issued the directive on 27 July to Sao Loi Mao. It instructed him to put pressure on the First Brigade to accept the militia program within two weeks, said a source who wishes to remain anonymous.
Whereabouts of two Kachin militia leaders unknown after Naypyitaw summons
Kachin, 04 Aug 2010
The whereabouts of two leaders of the strongest Kachin ethnic militia groups in Burma’s Shan State, who were summoned to Naypyitaw nearly a month ago, is worrying relatives and supporters, said militia sources. They are the Kutkai militia group leader Salang Hkun Myant and Hpawng Seng militia group leader Salang Lau Yawng, who are loyal to Burma’s ruling coterie. They have not come back home, said sources close to relatives and supporters of the two leaders.
47 Orphans Moved to Undisclosed Location
Narinjara, 04 Aug 2010
SITTWE: 47 orphans from Maha Muni Buddha Vihara orphanage have been moved by authorities to an undisclosed location after their orphanage was closed and sealed off on Monday… People in Sittwe strongly suspect the 47 orphans were taken to Rangoon and Mandalay to be placed in orphanages run by the military government.
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