Villagers return home four months after DKBA and Border Guard clash, killing one civilian, injuring two in Pa'an

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Villagers return home four months after DKBA and Border Guard clash, killing one civilian, injuring two in Pa'an

Published date:
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

On February 19th 2012, the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) ambushed a truck carrying a group of soldiers from Border Guard Battalion #1015 near Myaing Gyi Ngu town in Pa'an District, after the Border Guard soldiers stole weapons from the DKBA base at M--- village. Two villagers living near the site of the ambush were injured, and one was killed. Since then, movement restrictions have been imposed on Border Guard and DKBA troops operating in the Myaing Gyi Ngu area by the Burma government, which prohibits military units in possession of weapons from travelling within three miles of Myaing Gyi Ngu town. As of June 6th 2012, villagers living near Border Guard and DKBA camps, including the two villagers who were injured on February 19th, were reported to have returned to their villages, after having previously moved away. Directly after the clash in February, community members described their safety concerns and the possible consequences for civilians should the January 12th ceasefire agreement between the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Tatmadaw be broken.

Footnotes

[1] It should be noted that a report on this incident by the Karen Information Center (KIC) states the units of the Border Guard Battalions involved as being #1011, see "Killings and attacks between DKBA and BGF drives villagers from their homes," Karen News, February 24th 2012; and "Two women killed in fighting between the DKBA and Government's militia," Karen News, March 2nd 2012. KHRG's information is provided by a community member in the local area.

[2] Kloh Htoo Lah is one of two DKBA Battalions, the other being Kloh Htoo Wah, created following a reconfiguration of Kloh Htoo Baw in September 2011, and is under the command of Battalion Commander Bo (Officer) Bee. DKBA forces in Pa'an and Dooplaya districts that refused to transform into Tatmadaw Border Guard battalions and which, in November 2010, began fighting Tatmadaw forces have been variously referred to as DKBA #907, Kloh Htoo Baw (Golden Drum), and Brigade #5.

[3] U Thuzana is an influential Buddhist monk based in Myaing Gyi Ngu who was instrumental in the formation of the DKBA in 1994; see "Inside the DKBA," KHRG, March 1996.