Recently, on August 22, news came up that two hidden self-made bombs were found under Namsewar bridge on the road from Lashio to Namtu
, which the Tatmadaw said was placed by the TNLA.
More than 500 villagers have fled their homes in northern Shan State's Namtu Township in recent days after armed clashes broke out between two of the major ethnic armies in the region - the Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP) and the Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA).
Sai Seng Thein, the administrator of Wein Nang village in Namtu, said hostilities began on 4 May when the SSPP and TNLA forces clashed, causing two civilian injuries due to artillery fire.
Hyun, D.Y., Hersh, A.L., Namtu
, K., Palazzi D.L., Maples H.D., Newland J.G., & Saiman L.
The AP-4 license includes 649 square kilometres northwest of the town of Namtu
, Shan State, itself situated around 40 kilometres northwest of the major regional centre and airport at the city of Lashio.
Over the past the few months, heavy fighting took place often all along KIO-controlled territory between Namtu
and Mandong townships where the massive Shwe gas-pipeline project is going onward.
(125) The first hydropower turbine is schedule to produce electricity by the end of 2008, and the electricity is intended not for the local people but for three local large-scale mines--namely the Namtu
Copper mine, the Monywa Copper Project (126) and the Thabeik Kyinn mine--each of which produce a considerable amount of revenue for the junta.
The chairperson of the Namtu
IDP camp, Ba Nyan, confirmed to SHAN that the clashes in nearby Mansan had taken place, but that no villagers had been injured.
Over the weekend, hundreds of civilians fled fighting between the TNLA and the RCSS in nearby Namtu
More than 300 locals fled their villages and took refuge in a monastery near Namtu
town when armed clashes broke out on Saturday between the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) and Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA).