TNLA captures another town in northern Shan State, taking full control of Namtu Township

The group has vowed to keep up the pressure as the ongoing offensive against the regime enters its third month

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) has taken full control of Namtu Township in northern Shan State’s Kyaukme District, a source close to the group has confirmed.

According to the source, the junta’s last remaining base in the township, located about a mile outside of the town of Namtu and manned by troops from Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 324, fell to the TNLA early Thursday morning.

The ethnic armed group has been attacking regime positions in the township since December 20. Namtu, the township’s administrative seat, is located about 40 miles west of Lashio, the largest town in northern Shan State.

The LIB 324 base was captured despite days of junta airstrikes and heavy artillery fire that reportedly left at least three civilians in Namtu dead as of Wednesday.

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