Myanmar Rebels Carry Out Unprecedented Attack On Military Academy
Muhammad Irfan 10 days ago Thu 15th August 2019 | 01:39 PM
Myanmar's military was Thursday fighting rebels who mounted an unprecedented strike at an army academy killing at least one, apparently in retaliation for massive drug seizures
Yangon, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Aug, 2019 ) :Myanmar's military was Thursday fighting rebels who mounted an unprecedented strike at an army academy killing at least one, apparently in retaliation for massive drug seizures.
Ethnic armed rebel groups have for decades fought against the military -- and often between themselves -- for land and resources in Myanmar's east.
Experts say the area is now the world's largest meth-producing region, funding the complex web of conflicts.
Thursday's brazen assault targeted Pyin Oo Lwin, a tourist town near Mandalay, that is also home to barracks teeming with soldiers receiving training.
The Taaung National Liberation Army (TNLA) said the group launched attacks in retaliation for military offensives.
"Fighting took place at five places this morning," TNLA spokesman Major Mai Aik Kyaw told AFP, but clashes were ongoing.
One strike targeted the Defence Service Technology Academy (DSTA) where military engineers are trained, while another hit a police station near the region's landmark Gokteik bridge, a rail route popular with sightseers.
The AA is currently fighting the military, or Tatmadaw, in the conflict-scarred western Rakhine state, but is in a tight alliance with the other rebel groups.
"We assume they carried out the attacks because the Tatmadaw seized tonnes of drugs a few weeks ago," he told AFP.
A ceasefire in Shan state declared by the military in December is officially due to finish in two weeks even though clashes with armed groups have continued.
China's plans to invest in major infrastructure projects have added another dimension to the conflict with groups vying for control of increasingly valuable territory.