On 12 May, between 50 and 100 Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) militants attacked police and local pro-government militia assets, including an informal casino, in Namkham Village and Muse Township in Myanmar’s northeastern Shan State.
The attacks caused the temporary closure of the 105th Mile Trade Zone on the Muse border with China. Casinos are illegal in Myanmar, and in a statement the TNLA said that the property was targeted due to its perceived negative social impact – including exacerbating narcotics-related problems – and because of the Myanmar military’s (Tatmadaw) increased operations against other groups that together with the TNLA comprise the Northern Alliance coalition.
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