Myanmar military launches attack against ethnic splinter group

Source:Xinhua Published: 2016/9/17 12:16:43

The Myanmar military has launched operations against a splinter group of the Klo Htoo Baw Karen Organization (KKO) in two regions in southeastern Kayin state since last weekend, triggering 13 skirmishes between the two sides until Thursday, official media reported Saturday.

The operations were carried out by the military in Wah Boh Taung-Kyonhtaw and Methawaw regions following KKO splinter group's shelling on military targets on the Myaing Gyi Ngu-Methawaw motorway on Sept. 3 when the Panglong Peace Conference ended.

The KKO group also exploded mines at Kawkareik fire station on Sept. 4 to 8, the report said. More than 3,800 local people, who fled the area where clashes broke out, were being accommodated by the military in Myaing Gyi Ngu region, the report added.

The military claimed that it is strictly adhering to the terms of the Nationwide Cease fire Agreement (NCA).

KKO splinter group was said to have been extorting people travelling on the Myawaddy-Thinganyinaung-Kawkareik motor road and disturbed once the motorcades of the Kayin State chief minister and the commander.

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