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February 25, 2018

KIA, TNLA Armed Group attacks and extorts drivers and passengers from vehicles

72 Six people from Panwa village of Mangton township and one from Mongpaw village of Muse township were injured Friday in an attack by combined armed forces of the the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), who also reportedly extorted people lorries and trucks traveling between Moegaung and Phakant as well as from merchants in Muse, according to the State Counsellor Office’s Information Committee.
It is learnt that the KIA, TNLA armed group launched artillery fire at government troops waging an area clearance operation near the village of Panwa, Mangton township at about 4 pm Friday. The shells exploded in the village and injured four men, including U Naungya, and two women. The injured were receiving medical treatment at Namtu Hospital.
It was also reported that the KIA, TNLA armed group shot their weapons at about 6am yesterday, hitting Ma Nam Phone in the stomach when she was picking corn in a field. She is receiving medical treatment.
In addition, KIA armed group No. 6 regiment comprising about 90 troops reportedly extorted yesterday morning. the people aboard motor vehicles traveling along Moegaung-Phakant Street near Namhai cemetery, charging Ks17,000 per lorry and Ks10,000 for each light truck that passed between the villages of Namhai and Seton in Moegaung township.
The day before, KIA armed group similarly extorted the merchants in Muse by phone and letter for the month of August, it was also learnt.—Myanmar News AgencySCC-5 Ma Nan Phone 72


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