Two people were killed and at least nine others injured in a bomb blast and shooting spree in a town on the Myanmar-China border, rescue workers and local residents said on Tuesday.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks in Musa, Myanmar’s main gateway to China, which is home to several militia groups fighting for control of the lucrative casino and drug trade.
One woman was killed and five people were injured in an explosion at a police post on Monday, a local NGO official said on condition of anonymity.
Later that night, a police station was attacked “with small arms and heavy weapons,” the worker said, killing another person and leaving four injured.
A member of a volunteer rescue team helping to take people to hospital confirmed two deaths but put the number of injured higher, saying six people, five of them fighters, were wounded in the blast and another five wounded in the attack on the police station . .
On Tuesday morning, two more suspected members of the militia were wounded in a separate shooting from a drive-by, both an NGO worker and a rescuer said.
Local media also reported on the attacks.
A spokesman for the local police could not be reached for comment.
Muza is home to several militia groups controlled by Myanmar’s army, which has an agreement with China not to deploy troops along the border.
The military has been using militias as proxies in the ongoing conflict with ethnic rebel groups operating in the area, including the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA).
TNLA spokesperson Maj Tar Aik Kyaw told AFP his group was not involved in the Muse attacks.
Muse lies in the path of a proposed $8.9 billion high-speed rail link from China’s landlocked Yunnan province to Myanmar’s west coast, part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative..
But the region is awash with weapons and a center for meth production, as armed insurgents and militias vie for a share of any potential windfall.
In 2018, two Chinese nationals were among 19 people killed when ethnic insurgents attacked security posts and a casino near Muse.
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