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Border on high alert

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Following clashes on the northern border yesterday, both Thai and Burma armies have placed their border units on full alert, according to Thai and Shan sources.

No.12 - 3/2007
22 March 2007
War
 
Border on high alert
 
Following clashes on the northern border yesterday, both Thai and Burma armies have placed their border units on full alert, according to Thai and Shan sources.
 
"According to a transcribed radio  message which we have just received, the Burma Army has also ordered its troops to keep an eye on the movements of both the Thai Army and the armed resistance groups," said an officer from the Shan State Army (SSA) South at 10:00 this morning.
 
Likewise, the Thai Army has beefed up its positions along the Maehongson-Kayah border in the wake of a cross-border attack by 40-strong Burmese troops, according to The Manager Online. Bangkok Post, Post Today and Krungthep Thurakij however have blamed on an unidentified armed force, quoting Thai Army sources.
 
Offhand, Thai army sources have pointed their fingers at Haiwo (Heho) based Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 117, commanded by Maj Ye Tun, one of the 10 battalions under the command of Brig-Gen Aye Khaing, Commander of the Kalaw-based Light Infantry Division (LID) 55.
 
Yesterday's unprovoked attack took place some 500 meters well inside Thai territory in Khun Yuam district, resulting in the killing of Paramilitary Ranger Cherdsak Tharananthawitthaya.