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YANGON – The Myanmar military has launched operations against a splinter group
of the Klo Htoo Baw Karen Organization (KKO) in two regions in southeastern
Kayin state since last weekend.

China’s Xinhua News Agency reports that the operation has triggered 13
skirmishes between the two sides until Thursday, official media reported
Saturday.

The operations were carried out by the military in Wah Boh Taung-Kyonhtaw
and Methawaw regions following KKO splinter group’s shelling on military
targets on the Myaing Gyi Ngu-Methawaw motorway on Sept 3 when the Panglong
Peace Conference ended.

The KKO group also exploded mines at Kawkareik fire station on Sept 4-8,
the report said. More than 3,800 local people, who fled the area where clashes
broke out, were being accommodated by the military in Myaing Gyi Ngu region,
the report added.

The military claimed that it is strictly adhering to the terms of the
Nationwide Cease fire Agreement (NCA).

KKO splinter group was said to have been extorting people travelling on the
Myawaddy-Thinganyinaung-Kawkareik motor road and disturbed once the motorcades
of the Kayin State chief minister and the commander.
-BERNAMA

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