Namya militia leader died

The Kachin Post / June 21, 2021

Namya militia leader Sai Myo Min Htun / CJ

The militia leader of Namya village in Hpakant Township of western Kachin State was reportedly killed by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), becoming the second militia leader killed in Hukawng Valley within a month.

Sai Myo Min Htun, in his late 40s, was died on last Friday, a week after he was detained by the KIA soldiers from battalion 44th of Brigade 9th.. He was arrested by KIA while he was travelling to Hpakant town, according to Shanni sources.

Sai Myo Min Htun was an ethnic Shanni and very active in collaborating with Burma Army during his tenure as a militia leader to fight against Kachin Independence Army. He is also accused of involvement in illicit drug trades and illegal gambling. He left his wife Shan Ma and his daughter Myat Lay Su.

Nam Ya Village militia was founded in early 2015, and the first basic military training was given by the Burma Army’s battalion 421th in May 2015. Many Shanni villagers received armed from Burma Army to fight against KIA.

End of May 2021, the militia leader Hpone Kyaw from Nawngmi Village on the Ledo Road in Hukawng Valley was assassinated by the KIA. Since last month, KIA has been conducting assassination attempts against the local militias collaborating with Burma Army.