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Former KNU chief’s son succumbs to Covid in Mae Sot

Former KNU chief’s son succumbs to Covid in Mae Sot

WEDNESDAY, August 04, 2021

The son of former Karen National Union (KNU) chief General Bo Mya succumbed to Covid-19 on Tuesday at a private hospital in Tak’s Mae Sot district. The family is preparing to have him buried in line with their Christian beliefs.

Bo Mya’s son, 48-year-old Brig-General Tele Mya died at 11.30pm on Tuesday after spending several days in hospital battling the infection. He was deputy commander-in-chief of the KNU/Karen National Liberation Army – Peace Council (KNU/KNLA-PC).

Tele Mya recently became the deputy commander of KNU/KNLA-PC after the death of commander-in-chief General Tin Muang.

There has been a recent surge of Covid-19 infections among Karen soldiers along the border. General Saw Moe Shay, the commander-in-chief of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army, died from a Covid-19 infection on July 21 while being treated in a junta-run military hospital in Yangon.

The KNU is a political organisation with an armed wing (KNLA) that represents the Karen ethnic minority in Myanmar.