Inteltrends: Burma Report 11-JAN-2011
Compiled by Inteltrends.
DKBA and junta troops engage in two-day fight
Mizzima, 11 Jan 2011
Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) troops and junta troops have fought in the Phalu area in Myawaddy Township in Karen State for two straight days starting from Monday morning, according to a DKBA officer. About 200 troops from the junta’s infantry battalions Nos. 231, 355, 359, 548 and 549 assaulted the DKBA Kacha Wawlay outpost at about 6 a.m. on Monday, defended by about 300 DKBA troops from battalions Nos. 904 and 905 under the command of the 5th Brigade. “The fighting stopped at about 6 in the evening. But they could not overrun our outpost”, Bo Saw Kyaw Thet, the DKBA Phalu Wawlay area strategic commander told Mizzima.
Former communist Shan surrenders to junta
S.H.A.N., 11 Jan 2011
Sai Ya aka Sai Maung Hla, a former member of Communist Party of Burma (CPB) has reportedly surrendered weapons to the ruling military junta in Shan State South’s Loilem Township today with 40 other followers, according to local sources. The team was said to have claimed themselves as a faction of anti-Naypyitaw Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’s, a ceremony attendee said. “Their clothes also had SSA insignias.” The ceremony was held at Loilem’s football field and was attended by about 3,000 people including junta civil servants.
Mongla base shelled by Burma Army artillery
S.H.A.N., 10 Jan 2011
Burma Army’s artillery force, which is based in Shan State East’s Mongyawng township, has reportedly targeted and tested their weapons against one of the groups that is at loggerheads. This group is the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), better known as Mongla group, according to sources from Mongla. The incident took place on 7 January. The base that was attacked was located on Loi Parng Nao, which, at 5,842 feet, is the second highest mountain in the Shan State. 15 155-mm artillery shells had fallen both inside and around the base. No injuries were reported on the Mongla side, an officer from the group said.
Thais Tighten Border Security Amid Clashes
The Irrawaddy, 10 Jan 2011
Thai authorities have raised border security after some artillery shells fired by Burmese troops during two days of clashes with a splinter group of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) exploded near a village in Thailand’s Mae Sot District.
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