Kayin landmine scare sparks tourism fears

A tripwire triggered landmine set off on January 4 and believed to be a remnant of recent skirmishes that subsided in November, has injured two and sent shockwaves through the Kayin State tourism industry, as well as buttressed displaced residents fears that it is still too soon for a homecoming. The tripwire contraption was set off in the Mae Tha Wor area of Hlaingbwe township. It was believed to have been set by a splinter faction of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army. The road where the mine exploded is commonly taken to get to the Kyone Htaw Waterfall, popular among both domestic and international tourists. U Kyaw Kyaw, a peace negotiator for the DKBA, confirmed on January 5 that the tripwire mine was set by his group. He added that two Tatmadaw soldiers were injured in the January 4 explosion.

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