Myanmar army soldiers killed as fighting continues near Shan State capital

The junta and an allied Pa-O militia have been trying to regain control of lost territory in southern Shan State since late last month

At least five regime soldiers were killed on Wednesday as clashes between the Myanmar military and the Pa-O National Liberation Army (PNLA) continue near the Shan State capital Taunggyi.

According to the PNLA, fighting broke out early Wednesday after junta troops mounted an assault on a PNLA column in Hopong Township, some 15 miles east of Taunggyi. 

The battle continued for several hours, until the regime forces retreated and began shelling the surrounding area, the group added.

The two sides have engaged in almost non-stop fighting for more than a week, as the military and an allied ethnic militia, the Pa-O National Army (PNA), attempt to regain control over the Pa-O Self-Administered Zone (SAZ) nearly a month after the conflict began.

The PNA’s political wing, the Pa-O National Organisation, has controlled the Pa-O SAZ—comprising the southern Shan State townships of. . .

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