“Our men were patrolling as usual in the area when the government troops came at us out of the blue, without any warning,” said Col. Sai La.
The TNLA claimed it clashed with the SSA-South three times on Sunday, with each side accusing the other of being the aggressor.
The 324 villagers are now being sheltered at a Buddhist monastery in Man San village near Namtu town.
Burma’s state counsellor met with ethnic representatives this morning to discuss issues related to the peace process.
The Shan State Army-South has recently been engaged in clashes against the Ta’ang National Liberation Army.
A landmine blast in northern Shan State’s Kyaukme District killed one person and injured seven others, local sources said on Thursday.