A truck driver was shot in the head and killed on Tuesday as he sat in his 12-wheeled vehicle, apparently caught in the crossfire during a conflict between a combined force consisting of the KIA, the TNLA and the MNDAA and government troops in north-eastern Shan State.
The driver was on the road between Lashio and Muse when he was fatally shot in the forehead. The Information Committee of the State Counsellor’s Office said the man was 42 years of age, but did not release his name or hometown.
At the time of the truck driver’s death Tuesday morning, government troops were attempting to clear the roadway from Kutkai from Namnai blocked with at least 18 vehicles, some of them empty, when they came under attack from the combined KIA, TNLA and MNDAA force. The State Counsellor Office’s Information Committee said the fatal bullet was fired by the KIA, TNLA & MNDAA troops. The attack was intended to intimidate and frighten civilians from using the roadway, the government press release said.—Myanmar News Agency