Inteltrends: Burma Report 22-OCT-2010
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Junta troops stage mocked battle
S.H.A.N., 22 Oct 2010
Burma Army soldiers based in Shan State South’s in Mongnawng were reported to have staged a mocked battle near ceasefire areas, local sources said. “The attack was organized with twofold aim: for the villagers to abstain from supporting rebel groups and probably to make up a report for their superiors,” a local resident in Mongnawng said. It was mounted on 18 October by the Infantry Battalion (IB) #286 led by Captain Ye Myint Kyaw.
Junta blocks vehicles with anti-drug stickers
Kachin, 21 Oct 2010
All vehicles marked with anti-drug stickers and posters produced by the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) are being prevented from entering the Burmese government’s controlled areas in the country’s north by the military regime, according to travelers with line cars. Since October 13, Burmese military authorities have stopped all vehicles with KIO’s anti-drug stickers at the Lajayang border checkpoint, and the drivers have been forced at gunpoint to remove the KIO’s anti-drug stickers, drivers said.
KIA Issues Alert
The Irrawaddy, 20 Oct 2010
The Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the military arm of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), has distributed weapons to villagers and told them to shoot at junta troops if they approach their villages, according to local sources.
Police raid escalates tension in Kachin state
DVB, 20 Oct 2010
A police raid on the offices of the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) in northern Burma has coincided with an alleged attempt to frame a Kachin official in a drugs bust. Tension appears to be on the rise between the KIO and the Burmese junta after the group’s armed wing, the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), one of Burma’s largest ceasefire groups, refused last month to transform into a Border Guard Force.
Police checkpoints withdrawn following cowboy attack
S.H.A.N., 20 Oct 2010
Police officers manning understrength checkpoints on the road network in Shan State South, where both the non-ceasefire Shan State Army (SSA) South and the “almost out of” ceasefire SSA North are active, have been withdrawn, according to reports coming from Shan State. The withdrawal followed an attack by 4 SSA fighters posing as cowherds attacked a checkpoint manned by 4 police officers at sundown on 17 October. The clash which took place between Mongnawng and Wanzing (a large village south of Mongnawng), lasted 2 minutes (another report says 20 minutes) during which a police officer was fatally wounded. The attackers withdrew into the dusk afterwards. A day earlier, a 3 truck convoy coming to Mongnawng along the Monghsu-Mongnawng road was ambushed near Wiang Kao, about 5 miles north of Mongnawng. A Captain Sithu from Infantry Battalion #286 was reportedly killed.
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