Kolkata: The Shanni Nationalities Army (SNA), which has outlawed in Myanmar, has accused the military junta of assassinating its second-in-command ‘Major General’ Sao Khun Kyaw on May 26.
SNA spokesperson, ‘Colonel’ Hsur Sai Tun said that Sao Khun Kyaw, an ethnic Shanni from Mohnyin Township in Kachin State, was killed from bullet wounds from short range on Thursday morning.
“His security team was attacked and then he was shot by the assassin. Only he was killed and one of our other members was injured. We killed the assassin.
“There was no personal grudge, he was killed by Myanmar’s army,” Tun was quoted as saying by news agency IANS. But he refused to give evidence of the assassin’s links to the junta.
According to the spokesman, the group is still probing the assassination.
Sao Khun Kyaw had joined the armed struggle after the 1988 pro-democracy uprising and gradually moved to the Kachin Independence Army territory. Kyaw was appointed Vice Chairman of the northern section of the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front, in charge of military affairs.