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A pro-junta militia force in southern Shan State was disarmed and dissolved on Thursday, 7 June, according to news coming to the border.

No.03 - 6/2007
13 June 2007
War
 
Militia disarmed
 
A pro-junta militia force in southern Shan State was disarmed and dissolved on Thursday, 7 June, according to news coming to the border.
 
The event – the disbandment of the Mongyawn militia led by Sai Kyaw in Mongkeung township, Loilem district, 109 miles northeast of the state capital Taunggyi was presided over by Brigadier General Win Myint, deputy commander of the Eastern Region Command.
 
Arms relinquished by the group included 22 assorted automatic rifles and 3 pistols.
 
The disarmament followed the raid of the group's base at Kard Hpui on 2 June by the Shan State Army (SSA) South's 759th Brigade, commanded by Maj Kham Leng, which left 4 dead and 1 wounded. The SSA fighters also seized 27 weapons in addition.
 
The group had been known to be especially close to the late Chief of Staff of the Army Lt-Gen Tin Oo, who died mysteriously in 2001 in a helicopter crash.
 
Ceasefire sources in southern Shan State say the demobilization of the Mongyawn militia is an exception and does not affect the overall policy on militia units formed under the supervision of the Burma Army since 1960 to counter armed resistance by the local populace.