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SSA-S troops ambush government convoys

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A government reinforcement convoy to be deployed against the besieged Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP) headquarters at Wan Hai was ambushed by Shan State Army (South) (SSA-S) troops, said spokesman Major Sai Lao Sai.

SSA-S troops line up for review. Photo: Mizzima“This was a mutual-help military operation even though we cannot help them directly in their frontlines. Fighting the enemy troops in our area can help our allies in their battles with government troops,” Major Sai Lao Sai told Mizzima, referring to their ally, the Shan State Army (North) that is under heavy attack by the central government.

SSPP spokesman Major Sai Hla said the ambush by the SSA-S was helpful militarily.

Major Sai Lao Sai said that the ambush which lasted about 10 minutes occurred at the Wan Kyein village tract about 10 miles south of the Wan Hai headquarters.
He said Colonel Win Nyunt, a corporal and a private with Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 577 under the government’s Military Operation Command 2 were wounded. Mizzima could not get independent verification.

At the same time, Major Sai Hla said SSA-N troops staged two separate ambushes on five Chinese-made tractor-trailers commandeered by LIB 325 for transporting army rations to its troops.

In the first ambush, a private was killed and five soldiers were wounded including a corporal and a lance corporal. The second ambush resulted in more injuries, but the exact number was not known, he said.

Since July 11, government troops have launched multiple offensives against SSA-N troops, forcing the closure of one affiliated high school, a charity school and 13 primary schools in 20 villages. More than 1,000 students have sought safety in other areas.

SSPP officers said about 20 battalions of government troops are deployed at positions three miles southeast and five miles west of Wan Hai headquarters. Government troops sent two local monks to Wan Hai headquarters on Monday to talk about a cease-fire, but the offer was not serious, said the SSPP.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 July 2011 21:52 )  

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