DKBA Brigade 5 seized the town at around midday on Sunday.
At 6 pm DKBA released 3 SPDC captains after negotiations. Around 11pm, the SPDC started sending backup troops, leading to an increase in tensions.
Background (Credit: DVB)
The head of the faction, Brig-Gen Na Kham Mwe, told DVB that the group had seized the Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge entrance in Karen state’s Myawaddy, as well as police, army and intelligence offices.
“They [Burmese army] announced that they will shoot people who don’t vote [in today’s elections]. So people called on us to seize the town,” he said.