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03 Oct 2019 | 07:09 AM UTC

Myanmar: Armed group detains four police officers in Shan state Sep. 29

Myanmar News Alert

Members of the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) claim responsibility for detaining four police officers in Shan state on September 29; negotiations for their release ongoing

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/1/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/11/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Rangoon). COUNTRY/REGION Shan state

Event

Representatives of the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) announced on Tuesday, October 1, that four police officers detained in Shan state will be released “soon” after being detained for demanding “taxes” from travelers in the village of Mong Si. According to the TNLA, the plain-clothed officers were asking individuals for “taxes” at a bridge in Mong Si (near Kutkai township). Members of the TNLA then detained the officers on Saturday, September 29, for an investigation. Local officials are reportedly negotiating with the TNLA for the release of the officers. Additional security forces may be deployed to the region if negotiations break down. Associated clashes between TNLA fighters and security forces are possible.

Context

Multiple ethnic armed groups are active in Shan state. According to media reports, Kutkai township has experienced repeated fighting between militants and the military in recent months.

Advice

Individuals in Shan state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant and military activity, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

 

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