By Nang Mya Nadi
Fighter aircrafts belonging to the Burmese army carried out bombing raids on Shan State Army’s positions in Kehsi Mansan township, southern Shan State, according to a spokesperson of the SSA.
Major Sai Lao Hseng said the attacks were carried out by two fighter aircrafts, presumably MIG jet fighters, at about 1.30 p.m. local time on 13 July.
“We captured their frontline post and they retreated to Wan Sai hills, and we trapped their soldiers,” said Lao Hseng.
“And two planes bombed SSA troops with ten bombs.”
The latest attacks occurred near the SSA’s Wan Hai headquarters situated in mountainous region of southern Shan State, a strategic location for Shan troops who refused to be transformed into so-called border guard force, a plan imposed on them by the Burmese army.
“They are trying to demolish Wan Hai step by step as we have troops along the route but we will defend it as much as we could,” said a Shan officer.
“If possible, we do not want to solve it by military means as our people are facing difficulties and scarcity of food due to the military operations (of the Burmese army).
There have been clashes since early this year between Burmese troops and Wan Hai based SSA soldiers.