Tatmadaw regains control of Pa-O Self-Administered Zone, Kayah State after raid by PNLO, PDF terrorist groups

On 26 January, a massive number of PNLO allied with PDF terrorists raided the Pa-O Self-Administered Zone, Shan State (South), including security posts in Moebye, Pekhon, Loikaw, and Demawhso of Kayah State, disrupting the state’s peace and stability. Additionally, they conducted extrajudicial killings of innocent residents, arson attacks on residential houses and government infrastructure, and planted mines as acts of terror. Furthermore, the combined terrorist groups of PNLO and PDF conducted destructive actions, continuously blocking the route from Hopong-Banyin-Hsihseng- Loikaw.
Therefore, the Tatmadaw launched a ‘Counter-Terrorism Operation’ starting from 29 May to regain control over the Hsihseng-Loikaw route (42 miles) after engaging in clashes with allied terrorist groups of PNLO and PDF 87 times. Additionally, these terrorist groups significantly disrupted the security and operations of the Loikaw airport, prompting the security forces to counter their actions on 14 June.
The chief minister of the Kayah State government and the Eastern Command commander are overseeing the restoration of towns and villages that were destroyed by terrorists, as well as conducting mine clearing operations to ensure the safety of the local people.
At present, Loikaw has returned to normal, and people are starting to live peacefully. Security forces, police, fire brigades, departmental staff, and residents cleaned up the debris damaged by the fire at the Thirimingala (central) market, which was destroyed by terrorists in Loikaw. In addition, restoration work is being carried out, including cleaning at pagodas, bridges, and roads such as Thirimingala Pagoda and Myonam Pagoda. Families, employees, security forces, and residents are participating in these efforts. Volunteers have also donated food and drinking water to the volunteer groups. — MNA/TKO

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