Tensions increase between ethnic armed organisations in Kutkai, northern Shan State

Having driven out the junta, Kachin, Kokang, and Ta’ang forces are all present in the township

With multiple ethnic armed organisations having established a presence in northern Shan State’s Kutkai Township, locals have described recent disputes that have arisen between the groups, ranging from questions over who has the right to administrate the area to an alleged exchange of gunfire. 

The tension has been occurring between the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and both the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA). 

The TNLA drove the military out of Kutkai town in January by seizing the bases of Infantry Battalions (IBs) 241, 242, and 45 and Artillery Battalion 247 and then set up their own administrative system. The group has deployed hundreds of security personnel, restored telecommunications services, and is working on rebuilding infrastructure to distribute electricity.

Muse District, where Kutkai is located, is where the ethnic Kokang MNDAA and the Arakan Army also operate, which—alongside. . .

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