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SSA troops ‘bombed’ by government aircraft: SSA

New Delhi (Mizzima) – Two Burmese government military aircraft on Wednesday dropped bombs onto a joint force of Shan State Army-South (SSA-S) and Shan State Army-North (SSA-N), according to Major Sai Lao Hseng, the spokesman of the SSA-S. The information could not be confirmed by outside sources.

Shan State Army-South troops stand for inspection. Photo: MizzimaHe said the bombing took place when government troops on Wansai Hill were under attack by SSA troops near Wankaipha village in Mong Yai Township in northeastern Shan State.

Two airplanes dropped “eight or nine” bombs on SSA troops, he said, based on a report from frontline troops. He said the planes were probably Russian-made MIG fighters. Two SSA soldiers were injured, said Major Sai Lao Hseng.

On May 21, 2011, SSA-S Lieutenant General Yawd Serk said on the 53rd Shan State Revolution Day that the SSA-S and SSA-N would recombine their forces. Major Sai Lao Hseng told Mizzima on Tuesday that the SSA-S and SSA-N had an agreement but the discussions had not been completed.

“We have reached an agreement to recombine. We continue talking about how to recombine. Not only armed troops but also political elements. We need to discuss how to recombine the military wing and political wing. We are talking in detail about how to divide the areas and activities,” Major Sai Lao Hseng said.

In an engagement in Wanhai on July 11, where SSA-N headquarters is located, the SSA gained the upper hand, which may have prompted the government to use bombs, according to the SSA. A Burmese soldier was taken captive during the fighting, Sai Lao Hseng said.

Wanhai is located between Mong Yai and Chaytee. The battle took place 20 miles northeast of Chaytee.

Sein Kyin, the editor of the Thailand-based Shan Herald Agency for News, said it was true that a government aircraft was seen in the area, but the report about the bombing could not be confirmed.

“As far as I know, the planes have not dropped bombs. I heard the plane was a jet. Just one plane. It appeared three times. At around 2 p.m., around 3 p.m. and around 4 p.m.,” the editor said.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 July 2011 16:01 )  

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